Stephen Donnelly promotes the “safe and appropriate use of medicines” on World Patient Safety Day.

Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly is campaigning for the “safe and appropriate use of medicines” on World Patient Safety Day today.

reland continues to support this international initiative led by the World Health Organization, which focuses on raising awareness and ensuring that patient safety is established as a global health priority.

This year’s theme is “Drugs without Harm”. This campaign aims to encourage and empower patients, their caregivers and healthcare professionals to “take an active role in ensuring safer medical practices and drug administration procedures, including prescribing, preparing, dispensing, administering and monitoring.”

Mr Donnelly said the “appropriate” use of medicines “enables patients to live longer, healthier lives”.

“I’m excited to celebrate and promote this year’s World Patient Safety Day on the theme of Medicines Without Harm,” he said.

“The safe and appropriate use of medicines enables and empowers patients to live longer, healthier lives, which benefits them, their families and society.

“Administering the right drug, at the right time, in the right way, by the right patient is one of the most effective public health interventions available.”

Chief Nursing Officer Rachel Kenna said all healthcare professionals, patients and their families “have a role to play in improving drug safety” and that it should be a priority.

“This campaign encourages all clinicians and patients to prioritize and take early action in key areas associated with the potential to improve medication problems,” she said.

“These include high-risk situations, care transitions, polypharmacy, and look-alike-sound-alike medications.

“An organizational culture that routinely implements drug safety best practices and quality improvements provides a supportive environment for safe and quality care.”

The national clinical director for quality and patient safety said that “at least half” of drug-related harms are “potentially avoidable.”

dr Orla Healy said: “Our HSE National Medication Safety Program works with patients and healthcare professionals to reduce harm related to medicines or their absence.

“The ‘Know Check Ask’ drug safety campaign, for example, encourages people who regularly take medication to learn more about their medication and to ask their pharmacist, doctor or nurse if they have any questions.

“A very useful, practical step for people is to keep an up-to-date list of their medications and take it with them to all doctor’s appointments.” Stephen Donnelly promotes the “safe and appropriate use of medicines” on World Patient Safety Day.

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