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Clinician Fact Sheet: Medication Safety

Medicines are the most common treatment used in health care. Although appropriate use of medicines contributes to significant improvements in health, medicines can also be associated with harm.1 Because they are so commonly used, medicines are associated with a higher incidence of errors and adverse events than other healthcare interventions.

Standardising and systemising processes can improve medication safety by preventing medication incidents. These systems should support clinicians to perform their roles and responsibilities throughout the stages in the medication management pathway.

Medication Management Pathway
Medication management pathway (Adapted from Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council)

Tasks for clinicians

You can help your health service organisation to implement the Medication Safety Standard by completing the following tasks. These tasks are arranged by criterion for each Standard.
Last updated 12th November, 2018 at 09:31pm

Roughhead EE, Semple S, Rosenfeld E. Literature Review: Medication Safety in Australia. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Sydney, 2013