Medication Safety & Quality

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National Quality Use of Medicines Indicators for Australian Hospitals
National Quality Use of Medicines Indicators

Quality use of medicines (QUM) involves judicious selection of treatment options (including choice between drug, non-drug and no treatment), appropriate choice of medicine when a medicine is required and safe and effective use of medicines.

The National Quality Use of Medicines Indicators are process indicators. They do not directly measure outcomes from medicines use. They do, however, focus on areas where the link between process and outcome is clearly established, so they are clinically meaningful to clinicians and their patients. They have been developed with input from doctors, pharmacists, nurses, consumers and managers around the country.

National Quality Use of Medicines Indicators for Australian Hospitals

Individual Indicators

This manual is hosted by the Clinical Information Access Program website. Individual indicators can be accessed by clicking on the links below.


Child-Resistant Packaging

KIDCAP child resistant packaging information sheet
Child-Resistant Packaging - KIDCAP

Some medicines can cause serious harm, even death, if they are accidentally ingested by infants or children. Child-resistant packaging is designed to limit or delay access to medicines. A warning code, KIDCAP, has been added to i.Pharmacy systems in NSW. This information sheet provides pharmacy staff with information about the warning code and the provision of child resistant packaging.

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