Itémedical on medication safety

One of the current focal points in healthcare is medication safety.

Why now?

Research conducted by the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences estimated back in 2006 that there are 16,000 preventable acute hospital admissions and hundreds of deaths as a result of incorrect medication use every year.

Measures

Both the field as well as the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate (IGZ) are now taking a critical look at the prescription, preparation and administration of medication. The Healthcare Inspection considers the use of medication monitoring systems as a part of providing responsible care. And with success. In 2011 the CBO reported a reduction for some hospitals of 80% of the number of medication errors during emergency admissions for patients 65 years and older by implementing a standard medication verification protocol. In addition, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) published the Electronic Prescriptions guideline in September 2013. As of January 2014, physicians and other prescribers are only allowed to write electronic prescriptions. This entails the implementation of an automated system that signals unsafe situations when medication is prescribed. Some examples of unsafe situations are duplicate medication, contraindications, interactions with other medications and hypersensitivity reactions.

Medication safety in the ICU

The MediScore Interaction Module (MIM) is such a medication monitoring system. This module checks the medication that is prescribed in MetaVision for duplicate medication and medication interactions based on the G-standard. This Dutch standard contains all medications known in the Netherlands and the associated interactions. Because the G-standard is intended for the entire healthcare industry, it is possible that the presented interaction level in the G-standard is not aligned with the policy in the ICU. That's why it is possible in specific cases to adapt the interaction level for the MediScore MIM per department. There is also an option for only displaying notifications when the interaction level is above a certain threshold value. What's more, MIM can be connected to the hospital's Electronic Prescription System (EPS). This causes a complete overview of the prescribed and administered medication to be displayed in the EPS. Thanks to this the organisation complies with the Healthcare Inspectorate and provides specialists all of the information and tools for correctly prescribing medication.

If you would like more information about MediScore MIM or the MetaVision medication link, please contact us or take a look at our product portfolio.

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