National standard medication charts course

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Learn the principles of safe prescribing and how to complete the National Standard Medication Charts (National Inpatient Medication Charts and PBS Hospital Medication Charts) correctly.

The course comprises of 5 modules:

  1. Patient identification, adverse drug reactions and best possible medication history
  2. Optimising the use of the National Standard Medication Charts
  3. VTE prophylaxis and anticoagulation
  4. Medication safety at transitions of care
  5. Special Features of the Paediatric NIMC

Patient identification, adverse drug reactions and best possible medication history

This module introduces safe prescribing practices that should be followed when using the National Standard Medication Charts (NSMC).

On completion of this this learning module you should be able to:

  • identify and document required information for patient identification.
  • document patient allergies and adverse drug reactions.
  • describe what information a best possible medication history should contain.
  • document medicines taken before presentation to hospital.

Optimising the use of the National Standard Medication Charts

This module introduces more of the safety features of the National Standard Medication Charts (NSMC).

On completion of this learning module you should be able to:

  • demonstrate your understanding of the safety features of the National Standard Medication Charts and how these reduce risk of medication errors;
  • identify the different sections of the NSMC, including regular medicines, variable dose medicines, PRN medicines, once-only medicines and telephone orders;
  • describe your role in ensuring clear documentation and communication of medicines related information when using the NSMC.

VTE prophylaxis and anticoagulation

This module introduces the safety features of the National Standard Medication Charts (NSMC) as they relate to venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and use of other anticoagulants.

On completion of this this learning module, you will be able to:

  • identify VTE as a national safety and quality priority
  • document your patient’s VTE risk assessment
  • demonstrate understanding of safe and correct use of VTE pharmacological and mechanical prophylaxis
  • demonstrate understanding of the safe and correct use of warfarin
  • demonstrate understanding of safe and correct prescription of oral anticoagulants other than warfarin.

Medication safety at transitions of care

This module introduces safe prescribing practices that should be followed when using the National Standard Medication Charts (NSMC) especially at transitions of care such as hospital discharge or ward transfer.

On completion of this this learning module, you will be able to:

  • indicate the reasons for medication reconciliation at transitions of care
  • determine the steps involved in preparing a patient for discharge
  • determine all information required to prescribe, supply, review, or claim for discharge medicines.

Special features of the Paediatric NIMC

This module introduces safe prescribing practices that should be followed when using the Paediatric National Inpatient Medication Chart (Paediatric NIMC).

On completion of this learning module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate your understanding of the unique medication safety issues related to paediatric patients
  • identify safety features unique to the Paediatric NIMC
  • demonstrate use of the safety features of the Paediatric NIMC
  • calculate the dose of a medicine for a paediatric patient and document correctly on the Paediatric NIMC.
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