Medication Safety Improvement Programme

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The National Medication Safety Improvement Programme, “Safermeds”, is one of the priority safety programmes within the HSE Quality Improvement Division. We will work with patients, healthcare professionals and organisations to reduce patient harm associated with medicines or their omission. The programme applies the Framework for Improving Quality.

A summary of the progress and priorities for improving medication safety is available in the Safermeds briefing (please click).

Medication Safety Pic VTE Launch

Preventing VTE in Hospitals Improvement Collaborative

Hospital-acquired Venous ThromboEmbolism (VTE, blood clots) is the most common preventable cause of in-hospital death.  Assessing patients’ risk of VTE and bleeding and choosing the appropriate thromboprophylaxis (e.g. medicines and/or compression stockings) for them early in their hospital admission reduces their risk of developing a blood clot. 

The HSE Quality Improvement Division and multidisciplinary teams from 27 adult acute public and voluntary hospitals have completed a year-long improvement collaborative. Together, they have achieved a one-third increase in the appropriateness of thromboprophylaxis for their hospital’s in-patients. This will both reduce the risk of blood clots (venous thromboembolism, VTE) and minimise harm and waste associated with unnecessary thromboprophylaxis.

We are delighted to share with you the following documents to assist in achieving improved VTE prevention in hospitals. Please click on the links below to view or download the files.

Preventing VTE Report

Preventing VTE patient information and posters *

* Developed in partnership with Thrombosis Ireland. Each hospital must follow local purchasing/procurement procedures when engaging with printers for design and printing of alert cards and posters. We worked with Partners in Print (Unit T 7, Maple Avenue, Stillorgan/Sandyford Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.  Tel: +353 1 830 9216   Fax: +353 1 295 907)  on the design and printing of these documents. 

Preventing VTE Toolkit for hospitals


Medication Record Templates for Adult Acute Hospitals

We are pleased to share the Medication Record Templates for Adult Acute Care with you. 

The templates build on the extensive previous work led by Mr Tim Delaney under the guidance of the National Medication Safety Advisory Group, with national consultation and testing in Portiuncula, Naas, Beaumont and Cork University hospitals. We have now updated and redesigned the components of the Record and are making them available as templates to aid the development or revision of local Medication Records.

Please click here to access the templates.

Medication Safety Intensive Course

In October 2015, the Irish Medication Safety Network (IMSN), Rotunda Hospital and the HSE Quality Improvement Division hosted over 100 participants at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Intensive course. Over 200 healthcare professionals also attended the medication safety summit. More information about the course and summit are in the link below.

Consultation: Priorities for Medication Safety

Following the course and summit, we engaged with course participants and stakeholders to understand their priorities for medication safety. We are very pleased to share the results of the survey with you.