Saturday, December 19, 2009

NHS faces 'potentially serious problems' from wrong prescriptions on the NHS

From the Telegraph (UK):
Junior doctors on average fill out five or six prescription forms during their whole time in medical school only to have to complete dozens on their first day on the wards.

The inadequate preparation helps contribute to almost one in 10 prescriptions containing errors that could harm patients, it was said.

Now the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) is calling on the doctors to take an exam called the National Prescribing Assessment before being qualified.

They also want a "prescribing simulator" to be introduced to the curriculum so that medics are better prepared when they start in hospitals.

Professor Simon Maxwell, chairman of the BPS, said: "Everybody thinks that the system should and can be overhauled.

"We would not accept this kind of error rate in other industries such as aviation. It is a recipe for problems." ...more

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