Earlier this year, the Department of Health found that in England 237 million mistakes occur at some point in the medication process¹. These errors cause serious issues for patient safety, but also places a significant cost burden on an already stretched NHS. The estimated costs to the NHS of avoidable adverse drug reactions is £98.5 million per year, consuming 181,626 bed days, causing 712 deaths and contributing to 1,078 deaths. Adverse drug events in England have previously been estimated to be responsible for 850,000 inpatient episodes and costing £2 billion in additional bed days.

For this reason, Omnicell UK&I has launched the ‘SAFE: Banishing Medication Errors’ campaign to raise awareness and promote best practice standards of care for the management of medication to help drive change and improve patient safety across healthcare settings. SAFE will focus on how automation can prevent medication errors in secondary care, care homes and community pharmacy.

Throughout 2018 Omnicell will be launching a range of resources to support the SAFE campaign. All of the resources can be found on this page.

If you want to find out more or have any questions please contact us at marketinguk@omnicell.com

Secondary Care

Omnicell has worked with Trusts, nurses and pharmacists who have embraced technology and improved performance, to collate a SAFE Secondary Care Standard of Care booklet. The aim of the brochure is to help the NHS share best practice and learnings. You can read the SAFE Secondary Care Standard of Care booklet here.

On May 2nd a new independent white paper ‘SAFE: The New UK Standard of Care, Banish Medication Errors, Secondary Care Chapter’ was launched in an effort to encourage more Trusts and policy makers to embrace pharmacy technology in order to prevent medication errors across the NHS that were highlighted earlier this year. The white paper, which was commissioned by Omnicell and authored by a leading pharmaceutical expert, found that within secondary care, closed loop prescribing is the only secure way of ensuring the right patients receive the right dose of the right drug at the right time. You can read the SAFE: The New UK Standard of Care, Banish Medication Errors, Secondary Care Chapter here.


¹. http://www.eepru.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/eepru-report-medication-error-feb-2018.pdf