Healthcare professionals are invited to attend the Medication Errors Symposium where they’ll be able to engage in an interactive discussion around patient safety, risk management procedures as well as understanding the medico-legal impact of medication errors in South Africa’s healthcare industry.

The Medication Errors Symposium will be held at the Garden Court Hotel, located in Eastgate, east of Johannesburg, on the 5th of December 2017.

Medication errors are relatively understudied in Southern Africa and South Africa is no exception. As such, the scale of medication errors will be presented based on a research study report that was published after a 16 week study at one of the country’s tertiary hospitals based in Gauteng. The report will explore the extent and impact of medication errors in South Africa’s healthcare, with a focus on the paediatric wards at the Gauteng hospital.

The one-day symposium will address a wide array of pertinent discussions including an understanding of the scale of medication errors as a risk in healthcare and the basic methods being used to prevent errors. The difference between human error and professional negligence will also be discussed.

The research study will further bring insights into the possible contributory role of pharmacy systems in the healthcare sector. The study will also explore medication error avoidance systems being implemented in the private sector, and how these systems can be applied.

“The symposium will serve as a platform to reengineer the critical role of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses and pharmacists to mitigate medication errors; some of which can lead to extreme health challenges, even death,” said Project Director of Mankuni Training and Conferencing, Miekie Monne.

“It is therefore imperative that healthcare personnel, including doctors, pharmacists, clinical risk managers, nurses, healthcare managers, case managers and allied professionals participate in this unique event,” continued Monne.

The research authors, Clinical Pharmacist at Mediclinic Highveld and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Archéle Truter, and Prof Natalie Schellack from the School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University will share the research study and will be joined by Prof Johanna Catherina Meyer from the School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University; Public Health Specialist and Lecturer at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Dr Tladi Ledibane; and Healthcare Consultant and Medico-Legal Specialist, Dr Obed Mphofu.

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