From the Medication Safety Action Plan, 58% of all actions in the plan have started with an average action completion of 44%. Progress continues to be steady with new actions set to begin this year. Since the last update, the white paper on medication incident reporting in Canada has been completed by co-leads ISMP Canada and CIHI. A summary of findings and recommendations from the white paper aimed to further advance sharing and learning from medication incidents will be posted soon.
Following the launch of the 5 questions to ask about your medications list earlier this year, dissemination and communication of the tool has been ongoing and there has been significant interest and uptake of the tool across Canada. The list was translated into Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Hungarian and Tibetan with translation into 11 other languages ongoing so that patients and families who speak these languages have a resource to help guide them to ensure they receive the information they need to take their medication safely. In addition, the list has been shared on Canada Health Infoway's Medication Management Community portal in response to a request for patient related medication safety materials from a colleague in France. An abstract on the list was submitted and has been accepted for presentation at the Canadian Home Care Association Homecare Summit in October. Over the next several months, action teams will continue to make progress on the completion of 2015/16 actions and starting new actions for 2016/17.