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PSNC Appeal in the Judicial Review case: contractor summary

Over the last two days, 22nd and 23rd May 2018, PSNC has been in the Royal Courts of Justice appealing Mr Justice Collin's Judgment in the Judicial Review case relating to the funding reductions and changes imposed on community pharmacies. The Appeal was heard by three Court of Appeal Judges – Lord Justice Irwin, Lord...

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MHRA Drug Safety Update – May 2018

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GDPR update: Notifying the ICO about DPOs

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Medicines Safety 

Our aim is to promote and support safer practice by highlighting to pharmacy teams medication incidents that have occurred both locally and nationally. 

We hope you will feed in to this newsletter by letting us know about any significant medicines related incidents that have occurred in your workplace. By working together and sharing your learning from these incidents we can help prevent the same or similar incidents from happening again which in turn helps to protect our patients from harm.  Our Share & Learn Report Template can be found below:-  

Share & Learn Reporting Template

 

Medicines Safety Newsletters

Please see our Medicines Safety Newsletters below.  We will be sending these newsletters out quarterly so if you wish to receive them, click here to sign up to our mailing list. 

Medicines Safety Newsletter - Issue 1

Medicines Safety Newsletter - Issue 2

 

 

Fire Risk with Paraffin - Containing Products 


Patients treated with skin products containing paraffin (emollients) must be made aware of the potential fire risks associated with these products.  This includes ALL paraffin-based skin products (regardless of strength) including products used for washing and showering.  Patients who smoke or use a naked flame may cause clothing, bedding or bandages to catch fire as dressings and clothing soaked with the emollient can be easily ignited.  Community pharmacy teams have an essential role to play in advising patients not to smoke; use naked flames (or be near people who are smoking or using naked flames); or go near anything that may cause a fire while emollients are in contact with their medical dressings or clothing.

 

When dispensing/selling any paraffin-based product all patients should be advised of the:

  • Risk of fire when using paraffin- based emollients
  • Patients should be told to keep away from open or gas fires or hobs and naked flames, including candles etc. and not to smoke when using these paraffin containing preparations.
  • Bedding and clothing should be washed regularly (preferably daily) to minimise the build-up of impregnated paraffin although it may not be completely removed. (London Fire Brigade says on the BBC Health website that “even regular washing of night clothes and bed line might not eliminate the danger, unless it is washed at a high temperature as paraffin is invisible and can accumulate over time”).

Please also take care to ensure that any flammability warnings on the product are not covered up.

Patients should be given both verbal and written information on the potential fire risks. It is recommended that a record of information provided is kept on the PMR and communicated on regular occasions.

West Yorkshire Fire Service are currently developing resources for use by pharmacy teams which will be distributed over the next few months. In the interim there is a patient safety leaflet available on the South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee website (link below) which teams may find helpful.

 

Further Resources

 
  • West Yorkshire Fire Service have circulated a letter that includes important information about paraffin-based skin products, which can be viewed below: 
WY Fire Service Letter - Important Info: Paraffin-Based Skin Products