National summit to address this important solution to patient safety
TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - A national summit was hosted today that will
ultimately provide important solutions to improving communication and
reducing preventable medication errors at transitions of care.
A 2008 survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that nearly one in ten
adult Canadians with health problems reported receiving the wrong
medication or the wrong dose from a pharmacy or hospital within the
previous two years. The Canadian Adverse Events Study published in 2004
by Ross Baker and Peter Norton, estimated that as many as 24,000
Canadians die annually due to preventable adverse events (of which 24
per cent were related to medication or fluid administration) and
identified improved communication and coordination among caregivers as
a key driver of efforts to make patient care safer.
The summit was hosted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices
(ISMP Canada), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), and Canada
Health Infoway (Infoway) in collaboration with key stakeholders. Collaboration between ISMP
Canada and CPSI and healthcare industry stakeholders has resulted in a
consensus on how to optimize communication about medication, also
called "medication reconciliation", in Canada.
"Relying only on human vigilance to ensure medication safety is not
enough; better communication is vital," says David U, President and
CEO, ISMP Canada. "With more than 20,000 commercial drug products in the marketplace, there
is a significant and overdue need for a coordinated approach to
reliably communicating information at all care transitions."
"Changes in practice need to occur at the national, provincial and local
levels to promote a more collaborative and standardized approach to
medication traceability to keep Canadian patients safe, while ensuring
communication at all levels," says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, CPSI. "In working
with ISMP Canada and Infoway and with the success of creating a national summit, we are one step
closer to achieving this objective."
"By giving health professionals the information they need to support
clinical decisions, drug information systems can help to improve
medication safety and effectiveness," says Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior
Vice President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation with Canada Health
Infoway. "We are all working to make healthcare safer, and the summit
provides an opportunity to share experiences and accelerate progress."
ISMP Canada and CPSI, along with all healthcare partners, share the goal
of reducing preventable medication errors that affect patients in both
institutional and community settings.
About the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is an independent
not-for-profit corporation, operating collaboratively with health
professionals and organizations, regulatory bodies and governments to
build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians. CPSI
performs a coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and
systems, promotes leading practices and raises awareness with
stakeholders, patients and the general public about patient safety. www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca
About the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada)
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) is an
independent national not-for-profit agency committed to the advancement
of medication safety in all healthcare settings. ISMP Canada works
collaboratively with the healthcare community, regulatory agencies and
policy makers, provincial, national, and international patient safety
organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, and the public to promote
safe medication practices. ISMP Canada's mandate includes analyzing
medication incidents, making recommendations for the prevention of
harmful medication incidents, and facilitating quality improvement
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the
development and adoption of electronic health record projects in
Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems
will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to
better support safe care decisions and manage their own health.
Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern
and sustainable healthcare system for all Canadians.
SOURCE Canadian Patient Safety Institute
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Canadian Patient Safety Institute
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