The nine areas identified are:
- Look-alike, sound-alike medication names
- Patient identification
- Communication during patient hand-over
- Performance of correct procedure at correct body site
- Control of concentrated electrolyte solutions
- Assuring medication accuracy at transitions in care
- Avoiding catheter and tubing misconnections
- Single use of injection devices
- Improved hand hygiene to prevent health care-associated infection
Each topic area is discussed in an individual patient safety solution document that provides a summary of the issue and identifies actions to reduce the risk of harm.
Action: Clinicians should consider which of these topic areas are relevant to their working activities and ensure that appropriate measures are being taken to reduce the potential for harm.