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By John Sandars, Gary Cook

This fresh name within the renowned ABC sequence deals an up to date advent on bettering sufferer security in basic and secondary care. The ABC of sufferer Safety covers a space of accelerating value in healthcare and offers a transparent description of the underlying rules that effect perform. sufferer security is now an essential component of the educational for all beginning medical professionals and is quickly turning into an element of many undergraduate and postgraduate checks, together with the nMRCGP. This e-book is a perfect spouse for this training.

A wide selection of scientific employees and executives in basic and secondary care will locate this booklet a vital textual content, supplying an amazing theoretical and sensible reduction to sufferer protection. GPs and perform managers will locate this publication of specific curiosity, in addition to clinical and nursing students.

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Fig 1. Prescribing practices in PHC centres in the world 3% 19 % 20 % 10 % 21 % 5% 7% 15 % ■ ■ ■ ■ antipsychotics antidepressants analgesics tonics/vitamins ■ ■ ■ ■ other drugs herbal drugs anxiolitics hypnotics Anxiolytics, hypnotics and antidepressants were the most common classes of medicines prescribed, each accounting for approximately 20% of the total. Anti-psychotics, analgesics, tonics and herbal drugs each accounted for 5% -10% of the medications prescribed (see fig. 1). A remarkable finding was the wide spectrum of drugs prescribed for mental disorders.

Source: WHO, 1993. g. a prescription survey, a review of medicine management data, or observation of a particular event of (harmful) prescribing may be a first step towards obtaining a comprehensive understanding. If further investigation confirms that the observed behaviour presents a significant problem, an effort should be made to define the underlying causes clearly. , 2001). Quantitative and qualitative surveys are essential to understand the complexities of inappropriate use of medicines.

WHO’s Certification Scheme on the Quality of Pharmaceutical Products Moving in International Commerce (WHO, 1996a; WHO, 1997b) can play an important role in ensuring that medicines are of good quality. The Scheme, to which 112 countries adhere, enables importers to check whether the supplier meets WHO requirements for good manufacturing practices in regularly inspected factories, and whether the medicine is registered in the exporting country. Quality must also be guaranteed throughout the distribution chain, in all climates and by all methods of transportation.

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