Safety of antidiabetes medications: an update

October 28, 2015

Source:  Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 98/2 pp. 185–195

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Date of publicationAugust 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In this paper, recent clinical studies addressing safety profiles of antidiabetes medications are reviewed. New prospective and population-based studies continue to indicate that the benefits of improved glucose control outweigh the risks associated with antidiabetes medications in most patients with type 2 diabetes.

Length of Publication:  11 pages

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Glasgow develops world’s only patient safety programme specifically for mental health

April 29, 2015

Source:  The Herald Scotland

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Date of publicationMarch 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: After being recognised for improving patient care, the world’s only national safety programme specifically designed for mental health has been rolled out to 14 wards across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The mental health arm of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme has seen more patient involvement in decision-making, work on medication safety, wider use of safety briefings at the beginning of shifts, and less use of restraint.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

Medication discrepancies at transitions in pediatrics: a review of the literature

August 29, 2013

Source:  Pediatric Drugs vol/iss 15/3, pp. 203-215

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Many countries, including the UK, have incorporated medication reconciliation as an important theme for national patient safety initiatives and objectives. The pediatric population are excluded from UK national guidance. This review aimed to discover the occurrence of medication discrepancies in the pediatric population. Small scale studies show that medication discrepancies occur at all transitions of care in children. To investigate and establish how implementing medication reconciliation can reduce discrepancies and prevent potential harm to patients, further research is needed.

Length of Publication:  13 pages

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Trust launches Green Bag initiative to improve patient safety

July 30, 2012

Source: Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  Pharmacy Staff have launched an initiative to enable patients to keep their medication beside them at all times.  This ensures consultants and doctors have more complete information on what the patient is taking.  This can reduce the delay in patients receiving the correct medication when they are in hospital.  It can also be cost effective as it reduced the need for Pharmacy staff to re-supply medicines patients already have at home.