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Professor David Cousins Head of Patient Safety Medicines and Medical Devices National Patient Safety Agency London. Purchasing and Design For Patient Safety. Design For Patient Safety Series. Council of Europe Report 2007 On Safe Medication Practice.

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Purchasing and design for patient safety

Professor David Cousins

Head of Patient Safety

Medicines and Medical Devices

National Patient Safety Agency

London

Purchasing and Design For Patient Safety



Council of europe report 2007 on safe medication practice
Council of Europe Report 2007On Safe Medication Practice

  • Current European medicines regulations concerning naming, packaging and labelling for pharmaceutical products provide inadequate safeguards for patients

  • Medication errors frequently occur in Europe because of sound-alike or look-alike drug names, similarities in packaging and labelling appearance and unclear, ambiguous or incomplete label information


Council of europe report 2007 on safe medication practice1
Council of Europe Report 2007On Safe Medication Practice

  • There is little recognition of the importance of the human factor principles in selection and design of drug names, labels and packages in order to minimise the potential for error and enhance medication safety

  • The current design for labelling and packaging prioritise industry concerns, such as “trade dress”, instead of considering the context where the pharmaceutical product has to be used.

  • It is not patient-centred, but, rather, relies on an assumption of perfect performance by healthcare professionals and by patients



Purchasing and design for patient safety

Minimising Risks To Patients

  • Facilitate correct actions

  • Make it easier to discover errors and take corrective action

  • Education, training and work competencies


Purchasing for safety

Procuring products that are safer to use in practice

Meeting licensing standards is the minimum – practice standards may be higher

Not always awarding the contract to the cheapest

Products should meet the quality and safety specification – then procure at minimum cost

Provide feedback to manufacturers to obtain safer products

Purchasing For Safety