Education

High-Risk Medicines are those that have a high risk of causing injury or harm if they are misused or used in error. Error rates with these medications are not necessarily higher than with any other medicines, but when problems occur, the consequences can be more significant.

There is a HETI eLearning module available to help raise awareness among frontline clinicians regarding high-risk medicines and the strategies that have been put in place to minimise the harm potential of these medicines. The 'Safe Use of High-Risk Medicines: Introductory Module' can be accessed via HETI My Health Learning (Course Code 214583697).

Anticoagulants

Anticoagulant medicines are used extensively in clinical practice. They act through targeting a number of different proteins that may limit or prevent thrombus formation. They have a narrow therapeutic index and over or under anticoagulation can result in significant adverse patient outcomes. There is a HETI eLearning module available to help clinicians understand the safe use of anticoagulants. The 'Safe Use of Anticoagulants' module can be accessed via HETI My Health Learning (Course Code 237965997).

Hydromorphone

Hydromorphone is a potent opioid analgesic used to manage acute or chronic pain. Fatal and near fatal incidents associated with hydromorphone use have been reported within Australia and internationally. There is a HETI eLearning module available to help clinicians understand the safe use of hydromorphone. The ‘Safe Use of HYDROmorphone’ module can be accessed via HETI My Health Learning (Course Code 199776392).

This PowerPoint presentation can be used to provide education to clinicians including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and junior medical officers on strategies to improve safe handling of hydromorphone. This presentation has been prepared by the Medication and Safety Quality Unit of the Clinical Excellence Commission. The presentation has been designed so that you can add your brand to each page. By using this presentation, our expectation is that you will make no further amendments which might impact on factual content or the meaning and intention of the presentation.

    Opioids

    Opioid medicines principally act on opioid receptors in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal system producing effects including analgesia, respiratory depression, sedation and constipation. Opioid medicines are frequently used to treat moderate to severe pain. There is a HETI eLearning module available to help clinicians understand the safe use of opioids. The 'Safe Use of opioids' module can be accessed via HETI My Health Learning (Course Code 267525641).