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ISMP Safe Medication 2011 Assessment

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) 2011 Medication Safety Self Assessment® now is available online for hospitals to evaluate their medication safety practices, identify opportunities for improvement and compare experiences with demographically similar organizations. Hospitals participate anonymously via a secure, password-protected website and have unlimited opportunity to view and download their scores during the data collection period. The data submission deadline is August 31, 2011.

In 1999, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) formed a partnership to improve medication safety in U.S. hospitals. In 2000, 2004 and now, 2011, ISMP, AHA, and the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) distributed the ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® to all US hospitals.

Findings from the 2000 and 2004 assessments showed opportunities for system improvements to reduce the risk of medication errors. Hospitals that completed the self-assessment used the findings to establish and implement plans to improve medication safety systems. ISMP, AHA, and HRET used the findings to design and disseminate three comprehensive and diverse Pathways for Medication Safetytools to help hospital leaders and clinicians reduce the risk of medication errors.

The 2011 assessment will document the progress of U.S. hospitals in medication safety and identify the impact of such emerging challenges as staffing shortages, shrinking reimbursement and new technology. This project is funded by the Commonwealth Fund.

For more information, please contact Steve Hines, at (312) 422-2607 or shines3@aha.org.

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