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Medication Safety at Care Transitions: Safety Improvement Project – An 18 month learning collaborative

What is happening?

​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute will launch a new Safety Improvement Project in January 2019, focusing on medication safety. This learning collaborative approach will be delivered by expert faculty and coaches, and mentoring with be provided over 18 months. Participating teams will learn and apply strategies to decrease readmissions related to medication safety issues at discharge among frail patients.

Please email medsafety@cpsi-icsp.ca for a Word version of the Expression of Interest. The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified.

Teams enrolled in the Medication Safety at Care Transitions Safety Improvement Project will test and implement evidence-informed change ideas to improve patient safety using a quality improvement and knowledge translation/implementation science approach for implementation of medication reconciliation processes at discharge.

According to the We Can't Address What We Don't Measure Consistently: Building Consensus on Frailty in Canada report produced for the National Institute on Aging, while an individual's health conditions contribute to his or her level of frailty, the number of medications an individual is taking in order to manage those conditions can also contribute to frailty. Polypharmacy - defined as being prescribed five or more medications - is also considered a risk factor for frailty."

Participating teams will:

  • Learn to identify Frail clients who are at risk for medication safety issues,
  • Learn and apply new processes for medication management at discharge,
  • Learn and utilize Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science techniques to successfully implement and sustain new evidence-based practices for medication safety at transitions,
  • Share key learnings and challenges, and network with colleagues across Canada,
  • Access, share and adopt advanced patient safety knowledge, tools, and resources within a learning network,
  • Improve your team's approach to patient safety while taking action to deliver safer care.

What is Medication Safety?

Medications are the most common treatment intervention used in healthcare around the world. When used safely and appropriately, they contribute to significant improvements in the health and well-being of patients.

Medication safety is defined as freedom from preventable harm with medication use (ISMP Canada, 2007). Medication safety issues can impact health outcomes, length of stay in a healthcare facility, readmission rates, and overall costs to Canada's healthcare system.

How to learn more?

You can learn more about the three new Safety Improvement Projects launching in early 2019 at two information webinars held on February 5 and again on February 12, 2019.  These two webinars will have the same content and are a great opportunity for you and your team members to learn more about the learning collaborative and get answers to any questions.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1200 ET


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1200 ET

How to apply to the Medication Safety at Care Transitions Safety Improvement Project?

Please email medsafety@cpsi-icsp.ca for a Word version of the Expression of Interest. The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified.

Need additional information?

For additional information about the upcoming learning collaborative, please contact the planning team at medsafety@cpsi-icsp.ca