It is recommended that NIMC use is audited at regular intervals. Auditing can:
Frequency of auditing will depend on the rate of staff changes, the risk of medication misadventure identified by the health service organisation and other local factors.
However, and if significant non-compliance is identified during auditing, it is recommended that audits occur more frequently within a quality improvement cycle (e.g. plan do study act cycle) until safety feature compliance improves.
The objectives of NIMC audits are to:
The Commission hosts the NIMC Audit System for hospitals to audit NIMC use locally or to participate in national audits.
The NIMC Audit System is designed for hospitals that use the NIMC. Hospitals that use non-conforming charts cannot use the system as the audit data elements are based on the NIMC and reports using comparative data will be meaningless.
Non-conforming medication charts include:
To access the NIMC Audit System, and to download supporting documents, please go to the National Inpatient Medication Chart Audit System site.
There is a Guide to Auditing the NIMC which provides question by question advice on conducting the audit.
To assist users of the NIMC Audit System, there is a NIMC Audit System User Guide.
A Guide to Using the NIMC Audit Spreadsheet provides advice on using the NIMC Audit Spreadsheet.
If you require log in to access the NIMC Audit System, contact your local representative or the National Audit Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
NIMC national auditing has resulted in a large body of evidence on use of the NIMC. The NIMC National Audit Reports compile audit data from 2009 until 2014.
Contact your NIMC local contact.
|ACT – Mr Daniel Lalor||Daniel.Lalor@act.gov.au||(02) 6174 7106|
|NSW – Ms Nina Muscillo||CEC-MedicationSafety@health.nsw.gov.au||(02) 9269 5585|
|NT – Ms Angela Youngemail@example.com||(08) 8951 7571|
|QLD – Ms Fiona McIverfirstname.lastname@example.org||(07) 3708 5294|
|SA – Ms Kaye Barrattemail@example.com||(08) 8226 7240|
|TAS – Ms Lisa Crisp
TAS – Ms Teresa De Little
| (03) 6777 4238 (Mon-Wed)
(03) 6166 1086 (Thurs-Fri)
|VIC – Dr Kylie McIntoshfirstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 9096 7786 (Tues-Thurs)|
|WA – Ms Kerry Fitzsimons||Kerry.Fitzsimons@health.wa.gov.au||(08) 9222 4008 (Mon,Tues,Fri|