Standard 4: Medication Safety
Western Hospital aims to improve health outcomes through the implementation of medication management processes that ensure the appropriate, safe and effective use of medication. Western Hospital has medication management and medication safety policies and processes in place which have been developed using best practice principles.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has introduced a number of safety initiatives for medication administration and reconciliation and we have adopted many of these strategies, including the National Inpatient Medication Chart which standardises the documentation on how medicines are prescribed and ordered.
We take all medication errors very seriously and encourage our staff to report all errors no matter how minor they may seem. Our clinical staff complete medication safety competencies every year, and our incident management systems ensure we evaluate and continually improve our performance in an effort to reduce the risk of adverse incidents related to medications.