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Is a POMMP approach the way to move the medication safety agenda forward in your organisation

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Is a POMMP approach the way to move the medication safety agenda forward in your organisation?

So, you are back at work after attending the 20th European Association of Hospital Pharmacy (EAHP) conference in Hamburg. What did you learn about patient safety, and more importantly, what are you doing now or trying to do differently at your workplace to improve medication safety?

One suggestion is to take a POMMP approach to improving medication safety in your organisation.

The first P is obvious, it is about Patients. The opening plenary by Peggy Maguire reminded us about the need for real patient engagement and the dangers of not involving patients in their own healthcare decisions. For example, a box of co-amoxiclav tablets, simply preprinted with the words ‘contains penicillin’, given to a patient to self-medicate, may stop a patient with a known penicillin allergy from popping the pill in his/her mouth, if all your other allergy error traps/safety barriers have failed.

The O stands for Ownership. Can you honestly tell …

Correspondence to Mr Steven D Williams, Department of Pharmacy, University Hospital of South Manchester, Southmoor road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT, UK; s.williams{at}

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