High-Risk Medicines

1h 25m
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CPD1h 25m of CPD
First Published
Updated11 July 2021
Expires 11 July 2022

Course Overview

Do you regularly prescribe or administer medicines? If so, you must continually be on high alert for potential or actual medicine interactions. Start this Ausmed Course now to review why drug interactions occur, especially those involving high-risk medicines and how we can prevent them.

  • What is a drug interaction?
  • What are the consequences of harmful drug interactions?
  • Which medicines should you always be on high-alert for?
  • Practical strategies on how to monitor for and prevent interactions and unwanted effects, and much, much more ...

Harm to patients from medicines remains an ever-present risk. Approximately 250,000 Australians are admitted to hospital each year as a result of medicine-related problems.

Untoward effects relating to medications are a sentinel event. As health professionals are at the forefront of prescribing and administration they need to be eternally vigilant in their practice to stop unnecessary and preventable medicine interactions. Ongoing education about high-risk medicines and common pitfalls is essential for all health professionals.


The purpose of this course is to draw the attention of registered nurses and other health professionals to regular medicines that are high-risk for interactions and prevent harm to patients.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use in-depth knowledge of the difference between pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic drug interactions to support best-practice and reduce the likelihood of unwanted effects from medicines.
  • A person in your care, who manifests signs and symptoms of an adverse drug reaction due to a drug interaction will be rapidly identified, assessed and appropriate treatment initiated.
  • People in your care will receive correct evidence-based education about the purpose of their pharmacological treatment and risks associated with certain medicines.
Target Audience

Registered nurses and other health professionals will gain confidence from undertaking this Course, given the potential for harm associated with medicines.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

CPD1h 25m of CPD
First Published
Updated11 July 2021
11 July 2022
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