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Building a Medication Safety Programme in a Hospital in Ireland: Fundamental Steps


Whilst resources to support frontline staff in the stepwise implementation of medication safety programmes are available in other jurisdictions, few publications have addressed this issue in an Irish healthcare context. It was with the intention of addressing this gap that the IMSN compiled the following document which outlines the building blocks for the design of a medication safety programme based on the first-hand experience accrued by Medication Safety Officers in hospitals in Ireland over the past several years. Our hope is that healthcare staff will use this guide to support them in the practical implementation of the HIQA medication safety recommendations and in establishing best practice in their respective organisations.

IMSN endorsed Anticoagulation Patient Information Booklet

A booklet informing patients about the novel oral anticoagulants when they are being prescribed in atrial fibrillation.

Developed by Professor Peter J Kelly, MD, MS, FRCPI, ABPN (Dip) - Consultant Neurologist and Joint Director, Stroke Service, Mater University Hospital Dublin and Niamh O’Hanlon BPharm MSc (HSM) Cert Clin Pharm MPSI G Dip HRMQ Chief II Pharmacist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, in consultation with healthcare professionals involved in anticoagulation.

IMSN endorsed Anticoagulation Patient Information Booklet

With thanks to the Irish Medication Safety Network and Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Council.