WA Hospital Medication Chart (Adult) and Paediatric National Inpatient Medication Chart

For facilities that treat adult patients:

For facilities that treat paediatric patients (to be printed on yellow paper):

Neonatal Medication chart (PDF 163KB) (developed and used at King Edward Memorial Hospital) – this chart is not part of the mandatory WA Medication Chart Policy

Guidelines and Resources

Commission Resources:

The Commission has a number of resources available for the national medication charts:

Auditing:

Auditing at regular intervals is recommended to:

  • Evaluate the effect of the WA HMC and Paediatric NIMC safety features in hospital
  • Identify areas of medication safety for future quality improvements including staff education
  • Provide a baseline for WA HMC use and future quality improvement initiatives
  • Improve the safety of medication prescribing and administration in hospitals.

Frequency of auditing will depend on the rate of staff changes, the risk of medication misadventure identified by the health service provider and other local factors.

Health Service Providers must participate in the biennial Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care Hospital Medication Chart Audit (previously NIMC audit) as outlined on the QICM website. Results from this audit will be used by the Department of Health (the Department) for compliance and effectiveness monitoring.

Registry for change

Under the direction of the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality on Health Care, a Health Service Medication Expert Advisory Group (HSEAG) has been established to provide national governance for the NIMC, the paediatric NIMC (PNIMC) and the PBS Hospital Medication Chart (PBS HMC). This Group is responsible for maintaining the standardisation of the national medication charts across Australia and for considering proposals from States/Territories and hospitals to change the chart.

The WA HMC has been adapted from the PBS HMC to reflect local needs. In order to maintain the standard safety components and adhere to the underlying principle of standardisation to optimise patient safety, sections of the chart other than the hospital logo and MR number are not to be changed without approval of the Quality Improvement and Change Management Unit, Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Division, Department of Health.

All major changes to the WA HMC and WA Paediatric NIMC need endorsement from the HSMEAG.  Recommendations for change to these charts should be lodged to QICM. Recommendations for change must be evidence based, with the primary objective of improving patient safety. QICM will screen these requests and escalate to HSMEAG where appropriate.