340 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    340 Pages
    by CRC Press

    An estimated 1 in 20 patients are admitted to the hospital due to problems with their medication and 1 in 100 hospitalized patients are harmed due to medication errors during their stay. The prescribing of medications is the most common health care intervention and medication safety is relevant to all health care professionals and patients, in all health care settings. Safety in Medication Use provides an overview of the theory and practice of medication safety, summarizing the international literature and practical suggestions for local practice

    Each chapter is written by one or more authors from around the world who were chosen because of their standing in their field. The book covers three broad areas: problems in the medication use process, approaches to understanding and resolving them, and putting solutions into practice.

    Topics discussed include:

    • Measuring medication errors
    • Improvement science
    • Safety culture
    • Incident reporting and feedback approaches
    • Educational interventions
    • Communication between health care professionals
    • Interventions for safer work systems
    • Electronic prescribing and medication administration record systems
    • Innovations in dispensing
    • Patient involvement in medication safety

    Each chapter is a primer on the topic, drawing on the international literature, with the chapters on solutions followed by an "expert summary" of the implications for practice. This valuable resource describes an international body of work that shows not only how widespread medication errors are, but also discusses interventions that can reduce such errors to improve patient safety.



    Bryony Dean Franklin and Mary P. Tully

    Prescribing and Monitoring Medication

    Penny J. Lewis

    Dispensing Medication

    K. Lynette James

    Administration of Medication

    Katja Taxis

    Professional Communication and Medication Safety

    Patricia MLA van den Bemt, Cor J. Kalkman, and Cordula Wagner



    Mary P. Tully and Bryony Dean Franklin

    Measuring Medication Errors

    Monsey McLeod

    Psychological Theories

    Rebecca Lawton and Gerry Armitage

    Educational Theories

    Lucy McLellan, Anique de Bruin, Mary P. Tully, and Tim Dornan

    A Sociotechnical Perspective of Electronic Prescribing

    Jos Aarts

    Systems Perspective and Design

    Tosha B. Wetterneck and Pascale Carayon

    Improvement Science

    Anne Lesko, Peter Lachman, Stephen E. Muething, David Vaughan, Pamela J. Schoettker, and Uma R. Kotagal

    Safety Culture

    Denham Phipps, Todd Boyle, and Darren Ashcroft



    Bryony Dean Franklin and Mary P. Tully

    Incident Reporting and Feedback Approaches

    Sukhmeet S. Panesar, Bruce Warner, and Aziz Sheikh

    Educational Interventions

    Pauline Pearson, Lesley Scott, Jessica Hardisty, and Alan Green

    Communication between Health Care Professionals

    Patricia MLA van den Bemt, Erica M. van der Schrieck-de Loos, and Fatma Karapinar-Çarkit

    Interventions for Safer Work Systems

    Johanna I. Westbrook, Gordon Caldwell, and Bryony Dean Franklin

    Electronic Prescribing and Medication Administration Record Systems

    Johanna I. Westbrook and Melissa T. Baysari

    Technological Approaches for Medication Administration

    Johanna I. Westbrook and Melissa T. Baysari

    Innovations in Dispensing

    Matthew Reynolds, K. Lynette James, and Johanna I. Westbrook

    Patient Involvement in Medication Safety

    Sara Garfield and Anam Parand


    Mary P. Tully and Bryony Dean Franklin



    Edited by Mary Patricia Tully , Manchester Pharmacy School, University of Manchester, UK Bryony Dean Franklin , Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK

     "From common measurement errors in medication to safety testing, patient education, dispensing changes, and the design of health systems, this is a powerful reference that should be on the shelves of any definitive medical collection concerned with drug treatments and medication management processes."
    The Bookwatch

    "This book provides an overview of the theory and the practice of medication safety and offers practical strategies for improvement. It reviews the most current literature in medication safety and outlines it in such a way that it can be applied to a variety of healthcare settings…Weighted Numerical Score: 99 - 5 Stars!"
    —Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD, Temple University School of Pharmacy in Doody’s Book Reviews