Tools and Support

Build knowledge and ability to take action.

Initiative Launch Webinar and PPT Slides

The Strengthening Medication Safety in Long-Term Care initiative was publicly launched by ISMP Canada on June 25, 2021. View the webinar recording and PPT slides for an overview of the initiative and the activities that will be implemented.

YouTube Video
PPT slides

High-Alert Medications

High-alert medications are drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when they are used in error. Although mistakes may or may not be more common with these drugs, the consequences of an error are clearly more devastating to patients.*

Incident Analysis

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.

Incident Analysis

Just Culture

To ensure that medication incidents are reported, learn about how to support a Just Culture in long-term care.

Just Culture

Measuring and Evaluating

Through the Strengthening Medication Safety in Long-Term Care Project, ISMP Canada will be collaboratively developing metrics and measures that can enable Long-Term Care Homes, oversight organizations, and the Province to monitor the safety of medication management.

Measuring and Evaluating

Medication Management Model Policies

ISMP Canada is pleased to provide the following Model Policies for testing and feedback to LTC Homes in Ontario.

Feedback - Model Policies

Medication Reconciliation

Medication reconciliation (MedRec) is a component of medication safety that can reduce communication and medication errors that have the potential to cause harm at transitions of care to long-term care.

We have developed tools to support MedRec in long-term care, starting with tools to support a systematic process to obtain and document the best possible medication history (BPMH).


Deprescribing and Safe Medication Use in Long-Term Care For Health Care Providers Resource

This resource provides the information to help health care providers understand the importance of deprescribing and provide deprescribing resources and tools.

Deprescribing Resource

Quality Improvement

Within Long-Term Care homes, Quality Improvement is a journey of residents and families, personal support workers, nurses, physicians, managers, and pharmacists coming together, staying together and working together towards improved outcomes.

During the “Strengthening Medication Safety in Long-Term Care” initiative, ISMP Canada provides support in two areas of Quality Improvement:

  • Education and Training in Quality Improvement Techniques
  • Coaching and Facilitation of Quality Improvement Teams
Quality Improvement

Resident and Family Engagement

Residents in Ontario’s long-term care are the heart of every home. They have reached a stage in their life where they need to rely on others to support and to care for them, and while there are some residents who cannot be autonomous in their own care, there are many who are able to self-advocate and make decisions for themselves in their medication management. Engaging residents is essential to increasing medication safety and this initiative aims to support you, with resources and education, to do so authentically. Collaboration between staff and residents gives the best possible chance for safe medication experiences.

Resident and Family Engagement

Safer Transitions in Care