Representatives from a variety of national and provincial organizations came together in Toronto earlier this month to craft a National Medication Safety Action Plan for Canada.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices along with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute invited 37 healthcare leaders to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport on June 18th, 2014 to contribute their insight and ideas. Participants represented multiple stakeholders including patients and families, professional organizations with responsibility for patient safety, provincial health quality councils, ministries of health, and national professional organizations. As in the Surgical Care Safety Summit of March 26, 2014, Carolyn Hoffman, a Quality and Healthcare Improvement leader at Alberta Health Services, provided expert facilitation of the meeting.
Crafting a coherent set of common goals in Medication Safety and the actions required to achieve these goals was the main focus of the summit.
In a heartfelt presentation, Johanna Trimble, a member of Patients for Patient Safety Canada, related episodes of her own experience of medication error and the importance of medication safety for all participants in healthcare. Johanna’s story showed everyone in the room that the Action Plan will help Canadians directly and individually.
A National Medication Safety Action Plan is now in development. A report of the summit and the recommendations generated will be prepared and presented to the Board of CPSI in September of this year.