New changes to medication administration

The preparation and administration of medication comes with significant responsibility. Medication errors can have substantial consequences for patients and clinicians. They can lead to an increase in patient monitoring, patient harm or an increase in treatment and length of stay.

We are changing the way we check and administer high-risk medicines at Monash Health. This change is to ensure high-risk medicines are managed safely, to reduce variation in practice and to reduce the risk of medication administration errors.

We have revised our Medication Administration procedure to expand the list of medications that must be independently double checked. This procedure works to further ensure patient safety by reducing medication errors through independent double checking.

Independent double checking involves two clinicians – within their scope of practice – independently checking each component of the administration process from preparation to administration and documentation.

If you are a nurse or midwife (excluding graduate nurses and midwives), you must log into LATTE and complete the new eLearn, Medication Safety & Administration for Nurses and Midwives, by 30 June. This training must be completed each year. This new module replaces the Single Checking and Administration of Medicines (Adult) eLearn.

The revised Monash Health Medication Administration procedure is also available on PROMPT.

You can download a poster for your workspace here.

Further information including answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery Education & Strategy intranet page. Following this, if you have any further questions please contact your Nurse Manager.


Approved by Katrina Nankervis




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