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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

19th April 2011 Drug Treatment for Cardiovascular Disorders

Greetings again,
Thank you for coming to our conference in St. Michael's Hospital.  
It was great to see you in the flesh, up to then it is all done by emails. I hope the conference brought benefit to everyone, most of all to our patient’s.The subject matter of this conference is of paramount importance. From the successful conference held last year 2010 "Setting standards for medication Management", there has been a demand to provide education in the area of medication administration.

It will be very interesting to see will these coming conferences be as successful as the Cardiac conference we had on Tuesday. Thank you for completing your evaluation sheets. They are very important because this is for the benefit of all nurses. yes, I sound pretentious but why not put our resources together and work together to help each other. 

I hope you will come back and visit us in May -Respiratory, June - Gastric, July- Diabetes, August - Pain and September - urology.  

I am including the power point presentations from the conference as promised.

    Acute Coronary syndrome

 Medication Management pre and post Angiography.
    Cholesterol Medication

    Cardiac arrest
Atrial fibrillation

As soon as I get Ms. Bronagh Travers presentation I will down load it.

The winning ticket drawn is Number 5 !!!
 Can the winner contact me on the St. Michaels email address. Can you forward - on a picture of yourself for the web site?? congratulations >>>>

My letter to The Irish Times

The Irish Times - Monday, March 28, 2011

Health staff involved in up to 8,000 drug errors a year

HEALTH WORKERS are involved in up to 8,000 medication errors or near-misses in Irish hospitals each year, new figures indicate.
I just could not resist writing to the Geraldine Kennedy - editor to express my views.....

Madam, - As a Clinical Facilitator that is responsible for the career development of nurses, I read with great interest the article on 28th March dealing with data compiled by the State Claims Agency over a six year period. This indicated health workers are involved in up to 8,000 medication errors or near-misses per year in Irish hospitals of which over 7,000 are due to incorrect dosage.
When researching my thesis on medication management for my MBS in Health and Safety at Work, it became evident that medication errors are an international problem. For example in England, there were 70,036 medication reported errors in one year June 2009-2010 according to the NHS. It is not clear, what percentage of errors remain unreported.

Dealing with the underlying causes of error requires a concerted effort from every department in the hospital. However to concentrate on one area, a survey by the HSE in 2009 revealed that newly qualified nurses were concerned about their own skills with drug calculations. This is particularly relevant as single person administration is now very common for economic reasons. 

Medication administration is perhaps the highest risk activity a nurse can perform, as accidents can lead to devastating consequences for the patient and for the nurse's career.
There are many factors that can contribute to errors including heavy workload, distractions and interruptions.

As one approach to this, I have consulted with a developer friend to produce a simple application for mobile phones called “Dosage Calc”. This can double-check a wide range of common calculations giving the nurse some reassurance. I would welcome any input from those nurses in your readership during the pilot phase. The app is currently available as a free download from the Android market and will very shortly be available on iPhone and Blackberry.

Unlike some other countries, there is reluctance in Irish hospitals to allow the use of mobile devices among some staff. However it is worth mentioning that “Dosage Calc” and some other useful apps can be used in “Airplane mode” making interference with equipment very unlikely.