Measuring up to medication safety: Where do you stand?
Tuesday March 23, 2010
Medications are among the most common interventions used to treat medical conditions. So it should come as no surprise that adverse drug events—medication-related events that can result in injury—are a substantial source of preventable harm to hospitalized patients. While we all have a goal to prevent patient harm, how do we know we are being successful?
Measuring the level of safety is fundamental to improvement. Yet, measuring medication safety has long been a challenge. Historically, measurement efforts have focused on practitioners reporting medication errors, which, at best, uncovers just a fraction of the errors, most of them harmless.
This webinar will look at methods to measure medication safety within your organization. At the end of the webinar you will be able to determine if there are problems, the extent of the problem(s), and if improvement efforts have been successful.
Susan Paparella, RN, MSN
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP
Director, Error Reporting Programs
Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to attend together.
Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians
Administrators with pharmacy oversight
Medication Safety and Patient Safety Officers
Risk and Quality Managers
Review the challenges of relying solely on medication error reports to measure medication safety in your organization
Describe four types of measures that should be tracked if you want to improve medication safety
Define process, structure and outcome measures
List examples of process and outcome measures for high-alert medications