| Medication Management Practices Audit3
The Canadian Adverse Events Study published in 2004 found that as many as 24,000Canadians die annually due to preventable adverse events. Among those cases, 24% wererelated to medication or fluid administration
. A 2008 survey by the Commonwealth Fundidentified that nearly one in ten Canadians with health problems reported receiving the wrongmedication or dose from a pharmacy or hospital within the previous two years
In 2007 Health Authorities in British Columbia began implementation of the BC Patient Safetyand Learning System (PSLS). In the three years since, there have been 36,185 medicationrelated events reported across the province of BC representing 26% of all reported events. In2011, within Interior Health (IH), there were 5,306 medication related events which represents20.3% of all reported events. Experts agree that less than 10% of medication related events arereported through a voluntary reporting system.
This audit was conducted to evaluate current medication management practices in acute careas compared to key standards, policies and leading practices. Additionally, recommendationsmade by Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in their
Report to Vernon Jubilee Hospital(VJH), Supplemental Medication Safety Report: Identified Vulnerabilities and Recommendations(April 8, 2010), (
referred to as the ‘
ISMP VJH Report’)
were included in the audit tool todetermine whether recommendations were implemented across IH..Also, the timing of the audit (April, May 2012) provided management with a baselinemeasurement of current medication management practices prior to the implementation of the IH
Clinical Practice Standard and Procedure: Medication Management: Acute Care Nursing (July2012).
the audit assisted management with preparations for the Accreditation Canadavisit in the Fall of 2012.
In Internal Audit’s opinion, there exists a moderate to high risk of significant patient harmassociated with the current medication management practices as observed in selected medicalsurgical inpatient units.
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