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Doing safety through care in the risky business of polypharmacy

Have you ever wondered what work goes into making up prescriptions? This paper, hot off the press, invites you behind the pharmacy counter, to witness the work pharmacy staff do to safely dispense medicines.

The number of prescription medicines is on the rise and this makes prescribing, dispensing and taking medicines ever more complex.
We show how pharmacy staff who are working within a fast-moving, high-risk environment achieve safe dispensing, through their focus on:
  • care for the technology
  • care for each other and
  • care for patients.
We join a number of authors who are bringing ‘care’ to the foreground to show what healthcare workers actually do, often within organisational cultures that reduce care to ‘tickboxes in an attempt to standardise this most unpredictable of human activities
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