Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

medication safety

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 death.   

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.

Medication Safety toolkit

This toolkit provides best practices that hospitals can use to implement the Medication Safety road map recommendations in their facilities. Hospitals may copy, translate, distribute and present the following items as long as the Minnesota Hospital Association is referenced as the source of the material. If the tool is hospital-specific, please also cite the hospital as a source.

General documents

SAFE Document Resources and Tools

 S — Safety Teams and Organizational Structure

A — Access to Information

F — Facility Expectations

E — Engagement of Patients and Families

Hypoglycemic Gap Analysis Resources and Tools

Articles, documents and presentations

Guidelines, algorithms and tools

Sample order sets

Sample policies and protocols

Opioid Gap Analysis Resources and Tools

Pain assessment and management

Opioid safety

Patient monitoring

Prescribing guidelines

Sample policies

Tools and training

Patient and family education

Policy and advocacy

For additional opioid-related policy and advocacy resources, please see the Policy and Advocacy section of the MHA website.

Anticoagulant Gap Analysis Resources and Tools

Articles, documents and presentations

Guidelines, algorithms and tools


Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Resources and Tools

Pharmaceutical shortages