MEDICATION SAFETYIN PRISONS | KEYFACTS
Medication Safety’ has been selected as the theme for World Patient
Safety Day 2022, with the slogan ‘Medication Without Harm’.
Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of avoidable harm in health care across the world. Medication errors occur when weak medication systems and
human factors, poor environmental conditions or staff shortages affect the safety of the medication use process1.
This can result in severe patient harm, disability and even death.
Many people come across the criminal justice system some time in their lives and being sentenced does not imply that a person will live in prison indefinitely. In fact, even though there are no reliable estimates of the turnover in prison2, there are studies pointing to mean
prison stays as short as 80 days3.