PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) was named a finalist for
the 2014 Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety from the American
Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation.
The award recognizes innovative initiatives to improve medication safety.
its member hospitals were recognized for the “Road Map to a Medication Safety
Program,” which provides evidence-based recommendations/standards for Minnesota
hospitals in the development of a comprehensive medication safety program. The
Road Map is a tool to focus hospital’s attention and resources on adverse drug
events, specifically related to anticoagulants, diabetes medications and
opioids. In the first two years, the Road Map helped Minnesota hospitals make
significant progress in reducing adverse drug events. It is estimated that
1,977 fewer events have occurred since the Road Map inception. This is
equivalent to 77 fewer events per month or 1.6 fewer events per day.
safety is a top priority for Minnesota hospitals and we are proud of the work
and commitment of hospitals to provide patient-centered care and prevent
adverse drug events,” said Tania Daniels, MHA vice president of patient safety.
Map employs an innovative, systematic call-to-action framework designed to
prevent patient harm by providing both clinical best practices and an
organizational infrastructure to achieve quality measurement goals and embed
sustainable best practices.
hospitals have been able to make
changes based on the Road Map, which resulted in clinical improvements. Examples
include decreasing Naloxone use by redesigning order sets to address opioid
tolerant and opioid naïve patients; and improving communication between the
hospital electronic medical record and the outpatient anticoagulation clinic
that decreased inpatient elevated INRs, a measure of the time it takes blood to
model brought together hospital pharmacists and other health care professionals
from both urban and rural hospitals in a collaborative, transparent safety
improvement process,” said Steve Meisel, Pharm.D. CPPS, director of patient
safety at Fairview Health Services, and the MHA Advisory Group chair. “The
group was able to set aside competition, learn from one another and work
together for sustainable statewide improvement.”
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents
143 hospitals and health systems that provide quality care for patients and
meet the need of their communities.
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