Safety in numbers: The impact towards reducing global medication dosage calculation problem-solving (MDC-PS) error through the design and application of virtual authentic learning & assessment environments.
A 21-year programme of translational research led by Professor Keith Weeks involved seminal PhD research
the formation of the USW spin-out company Authentic World Ltd and the development of safeMedicate, a medication dosage calculation virtual education environment.
Medication errors are a worldwide problem. 6,000 medication errors are reported monthly in the UK and in the USA 1.5 million people are harmed ever year by medication errors. Staff incompetence, and poor training and assessment contribute to these errors.
safeMedicate is an e-learning solution for developing and assessing competence for safe drug calculations. It uses real world features and expert real world practice to link with the maths used to solve dosage calculation problems and transform care. Healthcare students use a virtual world to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This helps them develop their knowledge and skills without harming real people and reduces errors in practice
This ten-paper series traces the 20-year history of translation research that underpins the design, development and international evaluation of the safeMedicate suite of programmes. Download the papers.