22 Aug, 13 | by ltempler
On the 16th August the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) announced it will be conducting a high-level meeting on how to reduce medication errors in the hospital sector. This meeting will take place at the University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) on the 14th October and will focus more specifically on how scanning medicines at the time of administration can increase patient safety and how this can become a widespread reality.
This technology is regularly used in some countries like the USA, and has demonstrated how rates of medication error can be reduced by as much as 40%. As this practice is not common in Europe the event will focus on why this is the case and what can be done to overcome the implementation obstacles.
The event will also include:
• guided visits to hospital wards to see the technology in operation;
• presentations on the industrial, regulatory and international contexts to the issue; and,
• workshops to gain the perspectives and considered opinions of a variety of impacted stakeholders.