Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting (PPMC) scaling project

The Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting (PPMC) model has helped reduce medication errors, length of stay and hospital costs in early trials. 

Supported by the Better Care Victoria Innovation Fund, we want to replicate these positive results by expanding the PPMC model across up to 24 more health services in 2019-20.  

About the project

As part of the PPMC model, appropriately credentialed pharmacists work closely with doctors to undertake a medication review and chart medications for nursing staff to administer. 

By being part of the PPMC scaling project you could see:

  • reduced medication errors
  • reduced length of stay in hospital for patients
  • improved capability and capacity of advanced practice roles for pharmacists in regional/rural Victoria.

The model will be spread across three different areas in up to 24 health services, including inpatient oncology services, rural/regional general medical units (or similar) with a regional site acting as a hub to support rural sites within their district, and self-funded private hospitals.

Background

Medication errors are among the most common incidents reported in hospitals and often happen when a patient is admitted to hospital. Failing to record a patient’s medication history accurately can lead to poor health outcomes and increased costs. 

In 2015, Alfred Health piloted the PPMC model to address this issue with support from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Workforce Innovation Grants program. Through this randomised controlled trial, medication errors fell from 35.5 per cent to 0.5 per cent.

Expanded in 2016-17 across five Victorian health services (seven hospitals), results included:

  • reduced proportion of patients with at least one medication error (19.2 per cent to 0.5 per cent)
  • reduced length of stay (6.5 days to 5.8 days)
  • estimated savings of $726 per PPMC patient, with $1.95 million in total hospital cost savings.

Full results from the expansion can be downloaded below.

Interested in joining us?

Expressions of interest have now closed for the PPMC scaling project. We will notify successful health services by Monday 2 December 2019.

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Find out more

Email the team at bcv@safercare.vic.gov.au or call 03 9096 2761.