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Get Inspired - Learnings from the Champions Network

 

We are always very pleased to share with you the experiences of some Champions in their projects' development.

Find out what others have been up to! 

  • DRUG-gle (Druggle)
  • Champions Network Webinar - MiST

Please email us if you have your own update you would like to share.

 

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The Leeds Neonatal Pharmacy Team (Jenny Brown and Cat Bell)

To the right is an example of a weekly ‘hot topic’.

 

Leeds Neonatal Unit began daily safety huddles in September 2015 and after discussion the SAFE team decided to adopt the ‘druggle’ for a weekly event as a trial. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust piloted the ‘druggle’, as part of the SAFE project, on their Starfish (Neonatal) ward in July 2015. It was a ‘ward-based safety huddle with ward pharmacist, doctors and nurses that was printed and circulated around members of the team.

 

At Leeds our team decided that the ‘druggles’ should be a medicines related safety briefing including anonymised examples of errors relating to medicines, in real time. Rather than a hand-out to circulate, we decided to present the ‘druggles’ once a week as part of the huddle in order to initiate conversation between the members of the neonatal team and share learning points. The first Leeds Neonatal Unit ‘Druggle’ took place in November 2015. The basic format of the sessions is a weekly “hot topic”, “error of the week” and to highlight and celebrate good prescribing practice.

 

The aims of the ‘druggles’ are to increase communication between pharmacists, the medical team and nursing staff, education of all staff regarding specific topics e.g. BNFc changes, recent gentamicin dose change, and to draw attention to areas for improvement and encourage discussion.

 

You can view the full DRUG-gle resource on Meds IQ.

 

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Champions Webinar - managing medication error

Last week, we had another Champions’ web meeting – the first one with a focus theme which, this time, was managing medication error.

 

We had a presentation from Dr Peter-Marc Fortune from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who talked about the work that Making it Safer Together (MiST) group had done around managing error through MERP (Medication Error Reporting and Prevention Tool).

 

You can find out more information about MERP here.

 

Our next meeting will be focussed on paediatric drug dosage calculators and we will have Dr Chris Kelly talk about his experience of developing Neomate. For those of you who haven’t yet come across this excellent app, you can find it here