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Going beyond the numbers: Using incident reports to assess medication safety culture

Friday, November 8, 2019
1 day workshop

This workshop is complementary to the Multi-Incident Analysis workshop which will be offered on the following day. Participants attending both are offered a 10% discount.

Development of this workshop was supported by the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacist (CSHP) Research and Education Foundation Grant and this workshop was the winner of the CSHP Ontario Branch Bill Wilson Patient Safety Award (2015).

This workshop teaches healthcare professionals how to use medication incident reporting as an indicator to monitor patient safety culture within their organization. Participants will learn fundamental principles of medication incident reporting and patient safety culture. These concepts will be integrated to introduce a novel tool called the Medication Safety Cultural Indicator Matrix (MedSCIM), which is a Qualitative Assessment Scale (QAS). MedSCIM was developed to measure patient safety culture in healthcare settings. This interactive workshop uses hands-on activities to teach participants how to use MedSCIM. At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be confident using MedSCIM to support a positive patient safety culture.

Participants will be asked to bring in 10 - 20 medication incidents (de-identified) from their practice site to use in the hands-on activities. Through the application of the MedSCIM, participants will have the opportunity to integrate their learning through hands-on analysis and interpretation of incidents from their own practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Have a high level understanding of the current context for patient safety in Canada
  2. Understand how analysis of medication incidents "by the numbers" can be misleading
  3. Understand the difference between quantitative and qualitative analysis of medication incidents
  4. Understand the importance of patient safety culture
  5. Be able to use the Medication Safety Cultural Indicator Matrix (MedSCIM) to assess organizational patient safety culture
Time: 8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Location: ISMP Canada
4711 Yonge Street,Suite 501
(Procter & Gamble building)
Toronto, ON
M2N 6K8
Cost: $500 + HST (Going Beyond the Numbers workshop only)
$900 + HST (Going Beyond the Numbers + Multi-Incident Analysis workshop)
For registration information, please select the Registration’ tab near the top of the screen.
Workshop Level: Intermediate (assumes basic knowledge of human factors engineering principles and systems-based approach to medication safety, previous experience with medication incident analysis preferred)
Audience: Previous participants of ISMP Canada analysis workshops, pharmacy directors, risk managers, patient safety officers, medication safety officers, and other healthcare providers seeking to enhance their ability to act on medication incident reports.

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