This safety improvement project is designed for acute care organizations that care for frail elderly. Participating teams will learn how to decrease readmissions related to medication safety issues at discharge among frail patients with poly-morbidity.
The Canadian Alliance for a National Seniors Strategy notes that 65 per cent of older Canadians are taking medications belonging to five or more medication classes, while 39 per cent of adults over the age of 85 are taking medications belonging to 10 or more medication classes. Nearly 40 per cent of older Canadians are found to be taking at least one inappropriate medication. An additional 12 per cent take multiple inappropriate medications, the use of which is associated with avoidable hospitalization and hospital readmissions due to adverse drug events. Often, reducing an older adults' intake of inappropriate medications could help reduce their risk for becoming frail.
A Safety Improvement Project focused on medication safety at care transitions to help healthcare teams to make a significant impact on readmission rates will run from January 2019 to October 2020. The Medication Safety at Care Transitions Safety Improvement Project is a learning collaborative that will support better outcomes for frail elderly patients including better health outcomes, reduced length of stay, fewer hospital readmissions, and overall cost savings to Canada's healthcare system.
“Despite the best intentions of healthcare providers and the
design of healthcare systems, medications can cause patient safety incidents,
says” Mike Cass, Senior Program Leader, Canadian Patient Safety Institute. “The Medication safety collaborative will help
participants to identify frail clients who are at risk for medication safety
issues and learn to apply new processes for medication management at
Core teams, each of four-members, will attend two in-person learning sessions and seven virtual learning sessions, and be supported by expert faculty and coaches from across Canada. Teams will receive key content on implementation and knowledge translation that will assist in their implementation efforts to ensure success and sustainability of project gains.
Only eight teams from across the country will be selected to participate in the Med Safety Collaborative. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
Join an information webinar at 12:00 ET on Tuesday, February 5th or Tuesday, February 12th. Click here to register to learn more!
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. For more information, email
The Medication safety collaborative is one of three Safety Improvement Projects being offered to support healthcare organizations in advancing patient safety.