We are delighted to invite you to be part of the “Know, Check, Ask,” Medication Safety Campaign. We are aware that many health and social care professionals are in a good position to support the campaign, by encouraging people to bring a medicines list to appointments and potentially having campaign materials e.g. posters on display in waiting areas for out patients.
It might be helpful for you to be aware that:
The HSE’S National Medication Safety Programme (Safermeds) has developed a campaign in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Patient Safety Challenge, “Medication Without Harm”. The challenge aims to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50% over the next 5 years.
The campaign encourages people to:
· Know your medicines and keep a list
· Check that you are using the right medicine the right way
· Ask your healthcare professional if you’re unsure
As we engaged with a broad range of stakeholders, we received varied and valuable feedback, which helped us to refine the campaign focus and materials. Hospital staff highlighted how patients sharing the list of their medicines with them makes care safer and easier when they are admitted or at an out patient appointment.
The Know Check Ask social media campaign will run for two weeks in July and two weeks in September.
Campaign materials (posters and My Medicines Lists) will be available from community pharmacies in July, in collaboration with the Irish Pharmacy Union. Posters are being distributed to GPs in collaboration with the Irish College of General Practitioners and to HSE health centres and primary care centres.
Our invitation to you:
Support the campaign in your hospital. See the resources section on www.safermeds.ie (https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/qid/nationalsafetyprogrammes/medicationsafety/resources-help-to-promote-the-know-check-ask-campaign.html ) for resources and suggestions on how to maximise the campaign impact. These include:
We do not expect staff to fill in the lists for people, but rather promote that they keep one for their own needs and for interactions with healthcare professionals and anybody who helps them with their medicines, e.g. family members.
Ciara Kirke Muriel Pate Caroline Lennon-Nally Alison Cronin
Clinical Lead Specialist Pharmacist Quality Improvement Advisor Administrator
National Medication Safety Programme
HSE National Quality Improvement Team