Minnesota hospitals take medication safety seriously and work
to reduce the number of adverse drug events (ADE), or harm a patient incurs
resulting from medical intervention related to a drug. In hospitals, examples
of ADEs include overdoses, providing a drug to the wrong patient or allergic
reactions. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
patients in hospitals experience approximately 1.9 million medication errors
annually, from events that cause little or no harm to those that result in
MHA participates in the Adverse Drug Event Affinity Group with the Partnership for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). The affinity group is working to identify national, standardized measures for opioid stewardship.
The MHA Medication Safety Committee has developed medication safety road maps based on evidence-based best practices.