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5 things healthcare can learn from the air...

If an airplane crashes due to technical failures, 250 people may lose their lives at once. It rarely happens. In healthcare, 250 patients die each day only in the USA due to medical errors. Why the difference in safety precautions?

In an environment where safety issues must be a priority, the consequences of a broken system are often severe. When you board an airplane, everyone accepts if the technicians have to double check the aircraft in order to avoid a disaster – no matter how long it takes. So how come we don’t have the same mindset on safety in healthcare, where patients all over the world lose their lives due to medical errors? Is it because of stress and work overload, or som...

One major step towards safer medication fo...

There is a great need to improve the handling of drugs in paediatric care. Unfortunately, errors in handling and preparation occur from time to time, leading to increased risk of care-related injuries and suffering, both for children and healthcare staff. Due to the lack of clinical studies on children (in certain cases, it is considered unethical to carry out such studies), many medicines are insufficiently developed or adapted for use on children. Improving safety in the compounding and reconstitution process is therefore an important task.

This is why we wish to highlight the Swedish Medical Product Agency’s initiative to ensure that pharmaceutical safety for children is moving in the right di...

Insufficient Levels of Antibiotics – New S...

A recent Swedish clinical study on intensive care patients shows that 45% had received an insufficient amount of antibiotics, jeopardizing the recovery of the patient and increasing the risk of developing antibiotic resistant bacteria. That’s almost every other patient. In Sweden, as well as in other countries, personalized medication can be the key to efficacy and safety improvement. Swedish scientific researcher Hanna Woksepp has presented new a study on intensive care patients in Kalmar, Linköping, Växjö and Jönköping. The results are quite alarming and show that we have a long way to go when it comes to efficacy in intensive care. Of the participants in the clinical study, nearly half received insu...

The Difference Between Assuming and Knowin...

When it comes to the efficacy of medication, there’s always room for improvement. If the patient receives the wrong medication, or the wrong dose of the right medication, it won’t have the desired effect. Sometimes it can even lead to a fatal outcome. A quick double-check of the substance – from the pharmacy to the operating room – can ensure that the patients receive exactly what’s ordinated. It provides certainty in seconds.

Patient safety standards around personalized medication aren’t up to speed with the healthcare development in general. Huge improvements are being made all the time in other areas, but for various reasons, medication errors still occur when they really don’t have to. To sim...

5 Tough Questions for the Healthcare Manag...

Healthcare isn’t easy. It requires hard decisions on a daily basis and lots of stress. Therefore, it’s no coincidence that mistakes are being made due to the human factor. That’s where we come in. Our mission at Pharmacolog is to bring the safety issues at hospitals and wards around the world into the light and help to create a more efficient and safe overall healthcare environment. Here are 5 essential questions for any healthcare management to consider:

How do you make sure that the medication as well as the dosage is right before it’s given to the patient? What safety standards do you have at your wards and does ev...

Collaboration is key – improving safety in...

The lack of clinical studies on children (which is considered unethical) causes a knowledge gap in the paediatric medical treatment. Thorough information is seldom found in national guidelines, but instead written into each hospital’s individual instructions.

For many years, the healthcare industry has tried to figure out the best possible solution and one of the most efficient alternatives so far is ePed, a database developed by the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The system is entirely dedicated to the treatment of children and focuses primarily on practical issues, such as how to find the right medication, how to avoid mistakes and how other organizations have solved similar chall...

Can Medication Errors Be Avoided?

Patients are supposed to feel safe under treatment and healthcare professionals are supposed to feel confident in performing their job. Unfortunately, study after study presents a different reality in the chain of care.

Medication errors are common, costly and many times quite catastrophic. The human factor must always be taken into consideration, and after all, healthcare is about humans treating other humans. But these mistakes come to a (literally) high price and we need to do everything in our power to avoid them. We need to do more. And we can.

There’s not one isolated element that leads to medical errors. There are actually several sources for these errors. According to the Institut...

Let’s travel the medication route!

From idea to patient — what could possibly go wrong? Well, before a certain pharmaceutical is finally given to the patient, it actually travels quite a risky road that could jeopardize the medical safety and work environment. We call it the medication route

Transportation damage, misreading of labels by hospital staff and mistakes in compounding are just a few of the incidents that can occur along the way. We want to shine a light on these issues to enhance safety and create more efficiency in the chain of care.

Therefore, we’ve created this map over the medical route that points out certain crucial areas where we need t...

Who cares for the caretaker?

There’s more than one reason why we often repeat the expression ”patient safety first”. However, patients are not the only ones vulnerable in the healthcare system. One group that we feel is largely overseen are the so called ”second victims” — nurses, doctors and pharmacists with great responsibilities in their everyday lives. 

When a medical error is made, our primary concern is always the patient. If the given medication has the wrong dosage or has been tampered with on its route to the receiver, it can cause everything from zero response to serious damage or even death.

The latter is of course a worst case scenario but the sad truth is it’s far from uncommon. When a patient responds b...

Drug Diversion – When the Nightmare Become...

Illicit use of prescribed drugs is one of ”the defining drug crimes” in America today according to a recent report by the Prescription for Peril Insurenace fraud finances theft and abuse. Size, speed of growth, the harm it causes to people and the costs to insurers, are some of the key factors in the study.

When it comes to insurances, the numbers are nothing but mind-blowing! Every year, the diversion epidemic costs insurers up to 72.5 billion dollars. Many aren’t even aware of the problem and get a shock when they suddenly face a liability lawsuit.

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