The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has received a grant of more than $195,000 from the Commonwealth Fund to once again survey hospitals about their medication safety practices. The 2010 ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment is scheduled to begin this fall, according to a news release.
Institute receives grant for medication survey
ISMP has conducted surveys twice before—in 2000 and in 2004—with the help of the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust. The newest version will allow hospitals that have completed the survey in past years to compare their performance, assess the effectiveness of medication safety programs and identify areas for future improvement, a spokeswoman said.
Once hospitals receive the survey, ISMP encourages them to form a multidisciplinary team composed of C-suite executives, quality-improvement professionals, clinicians and pharmacists, and then assess each question together to come up with the most accurate answer. The survey is rigorous, and for each item, respondents are given a choice of five answers, lettered “A” through “E,” indicating the hospital's level of implementation of a particular safety feature.
Hospitals submit their data anonymously online and after the collection period has ended, they can view a summary of their scores and compare them with other demographically similar facilities, the spokeswoman added.
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