Minnesota hospitals take medication safety seriously and are
involved in many initiatives to reduce the number of adverse drug events in our
hospitals. An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury a patient incurs resulting
from the use of a drug. In hospitals, examples of ADEs include preventable
medication errors such as an accidental overdose or providing a drug to the wrong
patient or non-preventable adverse drug reactions, such as an allergic
reaction. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
patients in hospitals experience approximately 1.9 million adverse drug events
annually, from events that cause little or no harm to those that result in
MHA’s medication safety committee has developed a road map
based on evidence-based best practices, with additional road maps specifically
for anticoagulants, hypoglycemic agents and opioids. In 2018, MHA will
disseminate a medication reconciliation road map to help hospitals standardize
their work around the process of medication reconciliation. The medication
reconciliation road map is currently being pilot tested in several hospitals.
MHA participates in the Adverse Drug Event Affinity Group
with the Partnership for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). The
affinity group is reviewing ADE measures with a goal to identify national,
standardized measures for reporting ADEs for high risk drug categories
(opioids, hypoglycemics, and anticoagulants).
Download the Medication Safety road map and the additional following components:
For clinical resources related to opioids, click here.