11 Canadian organizations committed to improving medication safety
EDMONTON, April 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Reducing the number of medication errors
in Canada is the aim of a new collaboration between eleven national
organizations committed to increasing patient safety, announced Hugh
MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).
With a growing partnership of Canadian organizations coming to the table
in support of this life-saving work, we have dedicated leadership
across the country to address the need for and importance of better
communication around medications.
"This work began in February 2011 when the Institute for Safe Medication
Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute
(CPSI), and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) in collaboration with key
stakeholders, hosted a national summit to provide important solutions
to improving communication and reducing preventable medication errors
at transitions of care," says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, CPSI.
"We applaud the organizations that have recognized the importance of
this work and invested themselves in the effort to improve medication
safety," says David U, CEO, ISMP Canada."
The organizations that have joined the medication safety movement
"By coming together, these eleven organizations who collectively reach
and represent thousands of healthcare providers have created a unique
collaboration with the common goal of advancing medication
reconciliation across Canada, a proven strategy to reduce harm to
patients," said Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice President, Clinical
Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).
These organizations are working with ISMP Canada, CPSI and Infoway in
actively supporting strategies to improve medication safety and call on
all healthcare professionals to contribute to effective communication
around medication at all transitions of care to improve the safety and
quality of the Canadian healthcare system.
Medication failures impact everyone
Safe patient care depends on accurate information. Patients benefit when
clinicians work with patients, families and their colleagues to collect
and share comprehensive medication information. Medication
reconciliation is a formal process to do this at care transitions, such
as when patients enter the hospital, are transferred or go home. Not
only can medication errors result in loss of life or prolonged
disability for patients, they place added stress on the system and
reduced access to healthcare services due to readmission as well as
loss of public confidence in the healthcare system.
Healthcare is increasingly complex as we care for a rapidly growing
number of patients who are older and/or have chronic diseases with
multiple medications. By 2015, Canada will have more people aged 65 and
older than people under the age of 15.
In 2009, approximately 483 million prescriptions were dispensed in
Canadian retail pharmacies.
1 in 9 adults who visit the emergency department do so as a result of a
drug-related adverse event and 1 in 3 of these will be admitted.
20 per cent of patients discharged from acute care facilities experience
an adverse event and of those 66 per cent are drug related.
Modern medications help millions of patients every year, but when
problems occur, the potential for harm to the people we serve is high;
and the consequences for patients and their families, our healthcare
system and at the broader society level can be devastating. Healthcare
professionals, patients and families all have a role to play in
improving communication about medications.
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.
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.
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SOURCE Canadian Patient Safety Institute
For further information:
Director of Communications
Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Phone (780) 700-8642