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Reconciling Medications

A Learning Collaborative on Safe Practice Recommendations
September 15, 2003
Wyndham Hotel, Westborough, MA

New Teams/New Participants
Registration: 7:30 AM
Learning Session: 8:00 AM — 9:30 AM

Collaborative Program
Registration: 9:30 AM
Collaborative: 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, together with the Massachusetts Hospital Association, will host an education forum on September 15 as part of its Reconciling Medications Learning Collaborative. 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. They address communication, teamwork, and information transfer issues, all fundamental system factors linked to patient safety.

The September 15 program is designed to support hospital teams implementing the reconciling practices by offering plenary sessions led by experts in medication safety and effective rapid-cycle improvement change strategies, presentations by hospital teams implementing the reconciling practices, opportunities for networking, and team planning time. An introductory session will also be included for new hospital teams and new participants who were unable to attend the first educational forum held April 11, 2003.

Program Purpose:
The purpose of this program is to accelerate improvement activity of Massachusetts hospital teams engaged in the Coalition’s patient safety initiative on Reconciling Medications.

Program Content:
  • Status report on Massachusetts hospital activity in the Reconciling Medications Collaborative.
  • Improvement lessons from Massachusetts hospital teams and other hospitals, including concrete strategies and useful tools.
  • Overcoming organizational barriers to implementation.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Developing an action plan for implementation and sustaining progress.

Learner Objectives:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Assess medication errors and harm associated with incomplete medication lists at their institution.
  • List at least two new effective implementation strategies for reconciling medications.
  • Overcome common organizational barriers to implementing reconciling medication processes.
  • Identify strategies for partnering with leadership to accelerate organizational change.
  • Refine skills in measuring implementation effectiveness.
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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