As of March 31, 2018, for the home care safety action plan, 57% of actions are complete, 24% of actions are in progress, and 19% of actions are yet to start. Some of these actions will be transitioned over the current fiscal year as further described below.
The Canadian Home Care Association has been a significant partner in the Leads Group work for the Home Care Safety Action Plan. It is hoped that past highly successful work with the Wave One and Wave Two Home Care Improvement Collaboratives will lead to ongoing involvement of home care organizations with CPSI’s upcoming Safety Improvement Project in Team STEPPS and medication safety at transitions of care (aligns with World Health Organization 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication without harm. CPSI and CHCA will explore opportunities to utilize communications tools that were developed during the Home Care Safety Action Plan into the work of Safety Improvement Projects.
Work continues, lead by St. Elizabeth Home Care agency focused on a tool to support systems to systems communications. Once the final product is finalized it will be shared with the field. The tool will assist organizations in looking at the information exchange that occurs between organizations. Improving information exchange is seen as one way to assist in the area of transition in care which is a major safety focus.