Quality Payments: New resources on LASA medicines

Quality Payments: New resources on LASA medicines

February 11, 2019

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has published new resources to help pharmacy teams with discussions around look-alike sound-alike (LASA) errors. Community pharmacy teams may find these useful when working towards achieving the patient safety report quality criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme.

The resources, which were developed, inspired and informed by the Boots UK ‘Drug of the Month’ posters, include:

  • a series of one-pager resources – contains informative LASA medicine dispensing and checking tips; and
  • a poster – contains useful background information on LASA errors and summarises some of the Group’s LASA work.

Part of the patient safety report quality criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme requires contractors to actively identify and manage the risks at premises level associated with specified LASA errors*. Pharmacy teams that use the above resources could record this activity in their patient safety report as evidence of acting to address and prevent LASA errors.

Further resources published by the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group can be found on their website at: pharmacysafety.org

Further information on the Quality Payments patient safety report criterion can be found at: psnc.org.uk/safetyreport

**The specified LASA errors identified from the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) are propranolol and prednisolone; amlodipine and amitriptyline; carbamazepine and carbimazole; azathioprine and azithromycin; and atenolol and allopurinol.



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