The national Medication Record templates for adult acute hospitals are now available on www.safermeds.ie, together with an explanatory document. The templates incorporate good and safe practice and are intended to be used as an aid in the development or revision of local Medication Records, rather than as a national standard that must be implemented. Ensuring that each hospital’s Medication Record is designed, tested, used and revised appropriately and safely is the responsibility of that hospital.
The templates build on previous extensive work designing and testing a Medication Record, in a project led by Mr Tim Delaney under the guidance of the National Medication Safety Advisory Group chaired by Professor Joe Harbison. This included national consultation and piloting in Portiuncula, Naas, Beaumont and Cork University hospitals. The HSE Quality Improvement Division (QID) Medication Safety Programme, with assistance from Ms Anna Seoighe, has now updated and redesigned the Record in the form of templates for each section.