Traffic light’ system used in UKMi tool

A ‘traffic light’ system which categorises – as red, orange and green – potential risks as consequences of delayed or omitted medicines in hospitals, for different drugs or drug classes from the BNF, has been developed by the UKMi and can be found here. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) published a Rapid Response Report earlier this year on reducing harm from omitted and delayed medicines in hospital which said that organisations need to construct a list of medicines for which timeliness is crucial as well, among the other actions necessary. This tool is designed to help in drawing up local lists, not to replace them, as well as help with the other actions identified.