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Reconciling Medications

A Learning Collaborative on Safe Practice Recommendations
January 26, 2004
Wyndham Hotel, Westborough, MA

Collaborative Program
Registration: 8:30 AM
Collaborative: 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, together with the Massachusetts Hospital Association, will host the third in its series of Reconciling Medications Learning Collaboratives on January 26, 2004. The goal of the Collaborative is to reduce the occurrence of adverse medication events in Massachusetts by having hospitals throughout the state adopt a set of Safe Practice recommendations focusing on Reconciling Medications. These practices address medication errors at patient transition points. Hospitals implementing the practices have demonstrated their potential for making substantial improvements in patient safety. The practices address communication, teamwork, and information transfer issues, all fundamental system factors linked to patient safety.

Program Purpose:
The purpose of the January 26 program is to accelerate improvement activity of Massachusetts hospital teams engaged in implementing safety practices for Reconciling Medications. All participating teams will report on their progress to date. All participants will have opportunities to discuss both issues they have encountered and their proposed action plans with both program faculty and colleagues.

Program Content:
  • Status report on Massachusetts hospital activity in the Reconciling Medications Collaborative.
  • Improvement lessons from participating Massachusetts hospital teams sharing strategies and useful tools.
  • Overcoming organizational barriers to implementation.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Developing an action plan for implementation and sustaining progress.
Learner Objectives:
  • Identify new implementation strategies for reconciling medications that have proven effective
  • Evaluate your hospital team’s implementation progress and develop a plan for accelerating improvement.
  • Identify organizational barriers to implementing reconciling medication processes at your institution and develop strategies for eliminating those barriers.
  • Utilize individual team coaching and feedback from colleagues to plan next tests of change.
  • Refine skills in assessing medication errors and harm associated with incomplete medication lists at your institution and in measuring your organization’s implementation effectiveness.

Program Faculty:

Program faculty includes experienced facilitators from the Institute for Health Care Improvement and from Massachusetts hospitals with established Reconciling Medications initiatives, along with Coalition staff.

Who Should Attend:

This is a team project, and hospitals are encouraged to send several members from their Reconciling Medications implementation team, representing the following disciplines:
  1. Physician
  2. Nursing leader
  3. Staff nurse
  4. Pharmacy leader
  5. Pharmacy support
  6. Patient safety/QI representative
  7. Staff education representative
  8. Other (Administration/Leadership, P&T Committee, IT)

* Unfortunately, space limitations may require us to limit the number attending from any one institution, depending on the number of registrations received.

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