Australian Commission Of Safety And Quality

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The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) was established in 2006 by the Australian Government to improve safety and quality in healthcare. In 2011, the ACSQHC developed the ten National Safety and Quality Service Standards (NSQHS) in order to improve the safety and quality of the Australian healthcare system. The ten standards were also implemented to ensure that the public is protected from harm and that consumers or patients can expect a certain level of care from the healthcare systems. The standards are now compulsory for many healthcare organizations. One of the standards that has been implemented is Standard 4: Medication Safety. The Australian Commission implemented this standard with the intention of ensuring that competent clinicians safely prescribe, dispense and administer appropriate medicines to informed patients and monitor the effect. (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2012) In healthcare, one of the most common treatments is medication. As a result of this, there are many incidences of error, many more than any other healthcare interventions. According to the Patient Safety Network (PS Network, 2015) medication errors account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. Medication errors are often a result of the unsafe and poor quality practice of healthcare professionals or system errors. Medication errors are costly and many are avoidable. For this standard
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