|Title:||WA Paediatric National Inpatient Medication Chart|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0298/10|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 10 September 2010|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|File number(s):||RSD 9420|
|Description:||In December 2008 Australian Health Ministers endorsed the paediatric versions of the short-stay and long-stay National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) for use on paediatric patients in public general hospitals. The WA version of the short stay and long stay Paediatric NIMC is now available for use across WA Health.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2015|
|Review date:||1 August 2015|
|Authorised by:||Mr Kim Snowball, Director General, WA Department of Health, 27-Aug-2010|
|Print version:||View print version|
WA Paediatric National Inpatient Medication Chart
In December 2008 Australian Health Ministers endorsed the paediatric versions of the short-stay and long-stay National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC). The paediatric charts were developed by Children’s Hospitals Australasia, under the auspices of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). The charts have been specifically developed to maximise safety for this patient population.
Ministers approved the paediatric inpatient medication charts for ‘use in public general hospitals in
The WA versions of the long and short-stay Paediatric NIMC were implemented at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in 2009 and have been amended following clinician feedback and a post-implementation audit. They are now finalised and ready for state-wide implementation.
The main points of difference between the paediatric and adult NIMCs include:
The Paediatric NIMC and Paediatric Long-Stay NIMC are mandatory for use at the Child and Adolescent Health Service, including PMH.
All hospitals with dedicated paediatric services, including general hospitals, are to implement the Paediatric NIMC. In hospitals with minimal or incidental paediatric caseload, this is at the discretion of the Hospital and Health Service Executive.
The charts as well as other material and resources are attached and can also be accessed on the Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare (OSQH) website:
The (OSQH) will coordinate with the Chief Pharmacist or other appointed individual at all hospitals to facilitate implementation.
Post implementation auditing of the paediatric NIMC can be carried out on a hospital level using the national NIMC audit tool available on the ACSQHC website. http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/internet/safety/publishing.nsf/content/NIMC_001
It is strongly recommended that all facilities using the Paediatric NIMC endeavour to achieve maximum adherence, facilitated through regular audit. As a minimum standard, the following core parameters are recommended for auditing:
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Friday, 10 September 2010 at 9:18am