[Preparation of a safety plan in a Clinical Medication Management Unit]

Rev Calid Asist. 2010 Jul-Aug;25(4):223-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cali.2010.01.006. Epub 2010 Apr 8.
[Article in Spanish]


Introduction: Patient safety is seen as a priority in health care, and is becoming an increasingly complex activity, which involves potential risks. There is still no system that guarantees the absence of adverse events. The aim of this study was to prepare a Safety Plan for a Clinical Drugs Management Unit.

Method: A risk assessment was made of the Clinical Drugs Management Unit over a 2 month period. To do this, a case form was distributed in which members of the Department reflected on the lack of safety in their working environment. The prioritising of the items selected from a risk matrix was analysed using the adapted Hanlon method.

Results: A total of 55 specific risks were identified in 8 sections of pharmacy: 11 chemotherapy unit, 11 single dose, 9 nursing sick bay kits, 8 pharmacotechnical, 5 traditional dispensing, 4 intravenous mixtures unit, 4 pharmacy care unit, and 3 pharmacy stores. After prioritisation, the Clinical Drugs Management Unit Safety Plan was prepared. It looked at 11 items: Pharmacotechnical area 7, single dose 1, nursing sick bay kits 1, traditional dispensing 1 and personnel management 1.

Conclusions: Preparing a Safety Plan has enabled us to identify and prioritise our safety activities and in general to make health staff more aware of the importance of patient safety.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medication Therapy Management*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety Management*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires