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Medication Safety

Health services need to keep an eye on medication safety as we know that if we get it wrong, it can cause people to become more unwell.  
In Far West Local Health District, medication related incidents are the third most common type of incident.
See the medication safety results for Far West LHD.

Why is this important?
Medications are given to almost every patient treated in hospital. For many, medications are the most important treatment for their condition. 
But, medications can also have side effects and occasionally medications can cause harm.   Some harm caused by medications are due to errors that could have been avoided. By understanding how these errors occurred, taking action, and sharing this information with the community and health professionals, we can help prevent others from being harmed.