ECLIPSE launch – Sept 9th!

The ECLIPSE project is launching on Sept 9th 2014!

Funded by the NIHR (National Institute for Healthcare Research), ECLIPSE (Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices and Errors) aims to identify key issues related to intravenous medication errors and to develop strategies to minimise the incidence of such errors. We will conduct a national study of the frequency and types of medication errors, reviewing current practices so as to inform future strategy in purchasing, deployment and use of IV medication technology.

At the launch event we will introduce the project in more detail and Professor Nick Barber (Director of Research, Health Foundation) will be delivering a keynote talk on medication errors. There will be an opportunity for representatives from NHS trusts to ask questions about the project and to express interest in taking part in the study. We plan to work with 16 acute hospitals (including 2 children’s hospitals) and 6 oncology day care units, representing a range of practices in terms of implementation and use of drug error reduction software.

We would particularly welcome attendance by NHS staff who may be interested in participating in the study. At a national level, participants will be contributing to a project that will provide recommendations to improve patient safety across the NHS, informing the design of devices, ways of working and purchasing and policy decisions. At a local level, participating sites will gain insight into their local performance, enabling them to review and improve practices if necessary, and to make better informed decisions for future procurement, deployment and use of IV medication technology.

If you are interested in attending the event, please email Jo Iacovides (i.iacovides@ucl.ac.uk) to RSVP by September 1st, or if you have any further questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!