Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacists act to reduce prescribing errors in Scottish Hospitals

1 October 2013

In conjunction with the Safe Prescribing and Administration of Medicines in Scottish Hospitals Symposium, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh released a press statement highlighting the development of SPARS.

Simon Maxwell, Professor of Student Learning - clinical pharmacology and prescribing, University of Edinburgh, said: "Historically, NHS boards have developed their own local prescribing charts, each with their own layout and standards for completion. This lack of consistency has created problems for trainee doctors and nurses who might move many times during their training." He added: "We believe that a standardised approach, as with other areas of healthcare, will be to the benefit not only of staff but also the patients they treat. Similar national chart initiatives have already been implemented successfully in Australia and Wales."

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