Patient Safety Day: a pharmacist wants therapeutic monitoring

1 A clinical pharmacist, Mr. Olatunde Sunday on Saturday called on the government to set up therapeutic monitoring programs to strengthen patient safety in the country.

2 Olatunde said this in an interview with the news agency of Nigeria in Abuja to commemorate World Patient Safety Day with the theme “Medication Safety”.

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3 NOPE reports that the Day is commemorated each year on September 17 as one of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Public Health Days called _World Patient Safety Day’.

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4 The day focuses on preventing and reducing the risks, errors and harms that patients face, as well as the implications of negligent patient care and efforts to achieve modern standards.

5 The main objective of World Patient Safety Day was to raise awareness, improve global understanding and call for solidarity and united action from all countries and international partners to increase patient safety. patients and reduce harm to patients.

6 According to him, drug safety could refer to drugs that are safe.

seven He said therapeutic drug monitoring was lacking in most health facilities across the country.

8 Olatunde said that with proper oversight, this would reduce the rate of misadministration of medication in healthcare settings.

9 “Everyone in life will need to take medication in one way or another.

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“Few cases were noticed that amounted to medication errors, sometimes this harm could involve the life, pain or disability of the patients.

11 “There are mistakes that could make patients spend twice on the same disease or spend exorbitantly than they should, it’s economic suffering.

12 “Too high or too low a dosage could constitute a medication error, or the use of drugs inappropriate for the age of patients could harm patients,” he said.

13 Olatunde said the drugs could be harmful or beneficial to patients, saying they could be herbal remedies or orthodox drugs.

14 He said the harms were usually associated with the use of improper storage and manufacturing that were not properly adhered to or standard drug operating procedures.

15 “Some harm could result from patient non-adherence, mishandling of these drugs.

16 “Medicines should be properly stored and manufactured by medical professionals,” he said.

17 Olatunde said the main factors contributing to unsafe practices were weak medicine systems and human factors, with many countries lacking the capacity to detect, assess and prevent medicine safety issues.

18 He pointed to other contributing factors, including fatigue, inadequate knowledge and training, staff shortages, distractions at work, high workload and limited resources.

19 Olatunde added that illiteracy, language difficulties, as well as socio-cultural and religious beliefs, also play a role.

20 “Administering surplus drugs at home, buying drugs from pharmacies on the advice of friends and relatives rather than trained professionals are all common practices that should be avoided,” he said.

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NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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