BMJ Support Palliat Care 2:308-309 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000374
  • News and notes

News and updates from

  1. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2., Hayward House Study Centre, Nottingham, UK
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Safety updates

NPSA insulin passport deadline

NHS organisations should have implemented the following actions outlined in the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) alert ‘The adult patient's passport for safer use of insulin’ (NPSA/2011/PSA003), which had a deadline of 31 August 2012:

  • Adult patients on insulin therapy receive a patient information booklet and an insulin passport to help provide accurate identification of their current insulin products, and provide essential information across health sectors.

  • Health professionals and patients are informed how the insulin passport and associated patient information can be used to improve safety.

  • When prescriptions of insulin are prescribed, dispensed or administered, health professionals cross-reference available information …

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