Improving the safety of vaccine delivery

March 23, 2016

Source:  Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Vaccines save millions of lives per annum and are an integral part of community primary care provision worldwide. The World Health Organization has highlighted that the adverse events due to the vaccine delivery process outnumber those arising from the pharmacological properties of the vaccines themselves. Whilst it is known that as many as one in three patients receiving a vaccine will encounter some form of error, little is known about their underlying causes and how to mitigate them in practice. Patient safety incident reporting systems and drug adverse event surveillance systems are proving useful informants for understanding the underlying causes of those errors. The challenge now lies in the identification and implementation of changes to improve vaccine safety at multiple levels: from patient level interventions through to organisational efforts at local, national and international levels. The authors consider the potential benefits for maximising learning from patient safety incident reports to improve the quality and safety of care delivery.

Length of publication:  Unspecified

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Patient safety alert – Support to minimise the risk of distress and death from inappropriate doses of naloxone

November 25, 2015

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Safety alert

In a nutshell: A patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England to support providers of NHS funded care to minimise the risk of distress and death caused by inappropriate doses of naloxone.  The new ‘Stage 2: Resource’ alert highlights a number of resources now available to help providers ensure their local protocols and training related to naloxone reflect best practice.

Length of Publication: 1 webpage


Common contra-indications and interactions of drugs in orthopaedic practice

June 24, 2015

Source:  The Bone & Joint Journal 97-B/4 pp. 434-41

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Date of publicationApril 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: Many medicines for orthopaedic conditions can produce serious adverse reactions if prescribed inappropriately, either alone or in combination with other drugs. Often these hazards are not appreciated. The European Union has issued legislation regarding safety measures which member states must adopt to minimise the risk of errors of medication. A number of initiatives in the UK and the United States have highlighted the importance of informing and educating clinicians. In this article, common drug interactions and contra-indications in orthopaedic practice are discussed.

Length of Publication:  8 pages

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Medication administration technologies and patient safety : a mixed-method systematic review

September 28, 2011

Source:  Journal of Advanced Nursing   Vol 67

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:   This article explores the links between patient safety and medicine administration including preventable adverse drug events.

Length of publication:  15 pages

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Acknowledgements:   NELM