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PAMP: pictorial asthma medication plan for pacific children

PAMP: pictorial asthma medication plan for pacific children

Asthma and Pacific children

Asthma is a major cause of many New Zealand children being hospitalised.  Children from Pacific communities are more likely to have asthma and their acute symptoms are often more severe when compared with other groups.  Pacific children are more likely to be admitted to hospital for preventable asthma.

Uncontrolled asthma can have a big impact on children and their families' lives, for example children may be unable to attend school or may not be able to participate in sport.

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Baby steps: improving medication safety for our children

Baby steps: improving medication safety for our children

Research shows that the potential for adverse drug events within the paediatric population (children under 14) is about three times greater than for adult patients.  Children especially young, small and sick children, are less able to tolerate a medication error.

With the rapid growth of our paediatric services and paediatric presentations to the emergency departments, safe medication practice is increasingly important.

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Safe use of medicines - e-Learning

Safe use of medicines - e-Learning

What are Safe Use of Medicines e-Learning courses?

Our Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) team has created online education courses for junior doctors working at Waitemata DHB.  These courses have been developed for staff to complete in their own time or during allocated educational sessions.


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SafeRx®: safer use of high risk medicines

SafeRx®: safer use of high risk medicines

What is SafeRx®?

SafeRx® is an initiative by our Quality Use of Medicines team that aims to increase awareness among primary health care professionals and patients about how medicines, particularly high risk medicines, can be used safely and effectively.

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