Hospital QUM individual indicators

The National Indicators for Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) in Australian Hospitals 2014 support measurement of safety and quality of medicines use. The individual indicators are listed on this page.

List of individual national QUM indicators 2014

  • 1.1 – Antithrombotic therapy – Percentage of hospitalised adult patients that are assessed for risk of venous thromboembolism (PDF and Word)
  • 1.2 – Antithrombotic therapy – Percentage of hospitalised adult patients that receive venous thromboembolism prophylaxis appropriate to their level of risk (PDF and Word)
  • 1.3 – Antithrombotic therapy – Percentage of patients prescribed enoxaparin whose dosing schedule is appropriate (PDF and Word)
  • 1.4 – Antithrombotic therapy – Percentage of patients prescribed hospital initiated warfarin whose loading doses are consistent with a drug and therapeutics committee (PDF and Word)
  • 1.5 – Antithrombotic therapy – Percentage of patients with an INR above 4 whose dosage has been adjusted or reviewed prior to the next warfarin dose (PDF and Word)  
  • 1.6 – Antithrombotic therapy – Percentage of patients with atrial fibrillation that are discharged on oral anticoagulants (PDF and Word)
  • 2.1 – Antibiotic therapy – Percentage of patients undergoing specified surgical procedures that receive an appropriate prophylactic antibiotic regimen (PDF and Word)
  • 2.2 – Antibiotic therapy – Percentage of prescriptions for restricted antibiotics that are concordant with drug and therapeutics committee approved criteria (PDF and Word)
  • 2.3 – Antibiotic therapy – Percentage of patients prescribed hospital initiated warfarin whose (PDF and Word)
  • 2.4 – Antibiotic therapy – Percentage of adult patients with community acquired pneumonia (PDF and Word)
  • 2.5 – Antibiotic therapy – Percentage of patients presenting with community acquired pneumonia (PDF and Word)
  • 3.1 – Medication ordering – Percentage of patients whose current medicines are documented and reconciled at admission (PDF and Word)
  • 3.2 – Medication ordering – Percentage of patients whose known adverse drug reactions are documented on the current medication chart (PDF and Word)
  • 3.3 – Medication ordering – Percentage of medication orders that include error-prone abbreviations (PDF and Word)
  • 3.4 – Medication ordering – Percentage of paediatric medication orders that include the correct dose per kilogram (or body surface area) AND an effective and safe total dose (PDF and Word)
  • 3.5 – Medication ordering – Percentage of medication orders for intermittent therapy that are prescribed safely (PDF and Word)
  • 3.6 – Medication ordering – Percentage of patients receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy whose treatment is guided by a hospital approved chemotherapy treatment protocol (PDF and Word)
  • 4.1 – Pain management – Percentage of postoperative patients whose pain intensity is documented using an appropriate validated assessment tool (PDF and Word)
  • 4.2 – Pain management – Percentage of postoperative patients that are given a written pain management plan at discharge AND a copy is communicated to the primary care clinician (PDF and Word)
  • 5.1 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients with acute coronary syndrome that are prescribed appropriate medicines at discharge (PDF and Word)
  • 5.2 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients with systolic heart failure that are prescribed appropriate medicines at discharge (PDF and Word)
  • 5.3 – Continuity of care – Percentage of discharge summaries that include medication therapy changes and explanations for changes (PDF and Word)
  • 5.4 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients on warfarin that receive written information regarding warfarin management prior to discharge (PDF and Word)
  • 5.5 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients with a new adverse drug reaction (ADR) that are given written ADR information at discharge AND a copy is communicated to the primary care clinician (PDF and Word)
  • 5.6 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients with asthma that are given a written asthma action plan at discharge AND a copy is communicated to the primary care clinician (PDF and Word)
  • 5.7 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients receiving sedatives at discharge that were not taking them at admission (PDF and Word)
  • 5.8 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients whose discharge summaries contain a current, accurate and comprehensive list of medicines (PDF and Word)
  • 5.9 – Continuity of care – Percentage of patients who receive a current, accurate and comprehensive medication list at the time of hospital discharge (PDF and Word)
  • 6.1 – Hospital-wide medication management policies – Percentage of medication storage areas outside pharmacy where potassium ampoules are available (PDF and Word)
  • 6.2 – Hospital-wide medication management policies – Percentage of patients that are reviewed by a clinical pharmacist within one day of admission (PDF and Word)
  • 6.3 – Hospital-wide medication management policies – Percentage of parenteral opioid dosage units that are pethidine (PDF and Word)
  • 6.4 – Hospital-wide medication management policies – Percentage of submissions for formulary listing of new chemical entities for which the drug and therapeutics committee has access to adequate information for appropriate decision making (PDF and Word)
  • 7.1 – Acute mental health care – Percentage of as required (PRN) psychotropic medication orders with documented indication, dose (or dose range), frequency and maximum daily dose specified (PDF and Word)
  • 7.2 – Acute mental health care – Percentage of patients taking lithium who receive appropriate monitoring during their inpatient episode (PDF and Word)
  • 7.3 – Acute mental health care – Percentage of patients who receive written and verbal information on regular psychotropic medicines initiated during their admission (PDF and Word)
  • 7.4 – Acute mental health care – Percentage of patients taking antipsychotic medicines who receive appropriate monitoring for the development of metabolic side effects (PDF and Word)
  • 7.5 – Acute mental health care – Percentage of patients prescribed two or more regular antipsychotic medicines at hospital discharge (PDF and Word)