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Incident Analysis - Report, Learn, Act
To effectively improve medication safety in a long-term care home, it is important to recognize and understand what medication incidents are occurring, why, and what evidence-based actions should be taken to reduce the risk of the same incident occurring again.
ISMP Canada is pleased to assist long-term care homes to advance this Report, Learn, and Act cycle.
In addition to medication incident reporting systems in place within the home, consider reporting medication incidents to one of the options below that are free and confidential.
- Individual Practitioner Reporting Portal (ISMP Canada)
- National System for Incident Reporting (Canadian Institute for Health Information)
By reporting to one of these options, ISMP Canada will be able to analyze and share learning provincially and nationally related to the key trends of medication incidents occurring in long-term care and what actions are most effective for improving medication safety.
To ensure that medication incidents are reported, learn about how to support a Just Culture in long-term care.
Not sure how or where to report? Contact: LTC@ismpcanada.ca
There is a way to objectively and systematically analyze incidents so fewer residents & families are harmed by medications.
Learn about the Canadian Incident Analysis Framework and practice your skills at our LTC Incident Analysis Workshops (no registration fee for those working in Ontario Long-Term Care Sector)
Download: Incident Analysis Templates
Learn about the risks in medication safety reported by long-term care homes in Ontario
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Obtain more support for your local medication incident analysis process by contacting: LTC@ismpcanada.ca
Some actions for improving medication safety are stronger and more effective than others. The Hierarchy of Effectiveness is a great tool for deciding what to change locally.
Obtain more support for deciding what medication safety actions to take locally by contacting: LTC@ismpcanada.ca
Use incident analysis to understand key risks at the home and target actions for improvement
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