NATIONAL MEDICATION RECONCILIATION STRATEGY
Co-lead by ISMP Canada and CPSI.
Paper to Electronic MedRec Implementation Toolkit
This toolkit was prepared by researchers from the University of Victoria, in collaboration with AE Informatics Inc., ISMP Canada and CPSI thanks to funding from Canada Health Infoway. It explores current electronic MedRec (eMedRec) practices in Canada and provides guidance for organizations to migrate from a paper-based system to an electronic system for MedRec.
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Medication Reconciliation in Canada: Raising the Bar
Communicating effectively about medications is a critical component of delivering safe care. Without it, patients are at risk. By identifying and resolving medication discrepancies, the likelihood of adverse events occurring within health care organizations across the continuum of care will be reduced. In this report, four national health care organizations - Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada - share information about medication reconciliation in Canada, thus painting a comprehensive picture of the situation.
A Snapshot of Medication Reconciliation in Canada
Communicating effectively about medications is a critical component of delivering safe care across all sectors of the Canadian health care system. Without it, patients are at risk. This communication must involve clinicians working with patients, families, and other health care providers to collect and share comprehensive medication information.
A Year in Review
This 2011 year end review reports on the progress of the National Medication Reconciliation (MedRec) Strategy. The accomplishments to date are significant, but we clearly acknowledge there is much work left to do. Improving communications about medications is a critical aspect of providing safer care and involves healthcare leaders, practitioners, and the public we serve. Your continued involvement will help ensure MedRec is a standard practice across the Canadian healthcare system.
Medication Communication Failures Impact EVERYONE! Poster
Medication Safety: We all have a role to play.
The poster defines the impact of the Patient and Family, Healthcare System and Society in the communication of medications and includes an inter-professional joint statement, endorsed by 11 Canadian Healthcare organizations. This statement reflects the unique inter-professional ownership of this complex process, positioning Canada as a leader in this collaborative approach to professional engagement in support of medication reconciliation.
Identifying Practice Leaders for Medication Reconciliation in Canada
To facilitate understanding of the current landscape of medication reconciliation (MedRec) in Canada a survey of healthcare organizations was conducted between July and November of 2011. The purpose of the survey was to identify challenges and success factors in implementation of this key aspect of patient safety and to collect an inventory of tools and resources that contributed to this success.
National Summit: Optimizing Medication Safety at Care Transitions - February 10, 2011
On February 10, 2011 healthcare leaders from across the country gathered in Toronto to carve out strategies and identify solutions/ best practices for improving communication to reduce preventable medication errors during transitions of care, one of the country's biggest patient safety issues. ISMP Canada and CPSI will together create a national steering committee to ensure the recommendations identified at the summit are implemented.
ISMP Canada Safety Bulletins:
Ontario Critical Incident Learning Bulletins:
Safer Healthcare Now!
ISMP Canada is the Intervention Lead for medication reconciliation in the successful Safer Healthcare Now! network. ISMP Canada supports Canadian teams in acute care, long term care, and home care implement medication reconciliation and optimize communication about medications across transitions of care.
Getting Started Kits for Medication Reconciliation have been created for Acute Care, Long Term Care and Home Care. These kits provide guidance to implement medication reconciliation.
The Community of Practice for Medication Reconciliation facilitates sharing and learning among practitioners across Canada. Activities include posting the latest articles, website links and tools contributed by individuals and teams participating in SHN. If you wish to sign up for SHN or participate in the Community of Practice for Medication Reconciliation, please go to the Safer Healthcare Now! website at www.saferhealthcarenow.ca.
Safer Healthcare Now! Progress Reports:
Medication Reconciliation in Acute Care
Hundreds of Canadian teams are implementing medication reconciliation in acute care. Although this began as a response to Accreditation Canada Required Organizational Practices (ROP's) teams that are successful would never return to previous practices.
Medication Reconciliation in Long-Term Care
ISMP Canada identifies the proactive medication reconciliation model as being the most desirable in Long-Term Care.
Medication Reconciliation in Home Care
The Home Care Getting Started Kit is the result of a partnership between VON Canada, CPSI and ISMP Canada. A pilot project including 20 teams from across Canada identified that more than 40% of clients had one or more discrepancies among various sources of information.
Additional Posters and Guides: