Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 2.0 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: It is a given that medication errors occur in every health care organizations and can never be entirely eliminated. They can, however, be greatly reduced provided the efforts are directed at the types of errors that are occurring. As in many other facilities, very few reports of medication errors were submitted at our Boston nursing home in recent years. With staff education, support, and a revised Med Event Form, reports soared from approximately twenty for an entire year to nearly one hundred in the first quarter of this year. As we continue to create a culture within our facility in which finding and reporting an event is viewed as an accomplishment and part of every staff members' jobs, the number of reported events is continuing to rise. The information garnered from these reports has permitted the development and implementation of strategies targeted at our issues and has already contributed to the reduction of events. This presentation by the Director of Nursing and Medical Director will describe the process to achieve this dramatic and welcome rise in the number of reported events.
List common barriers to the identification and reporting of medication errors.
Describe strategies to achieve the culture change required to encourage staff to report medication events.
Describe methods of tracking reported medication events for the identification of trends and implementation of targeted interventions to reduce the risk of future errors.
Discuss the role of each discipline, alone and in collaboration, to reduce the risk of future medication errors.
Speakers(s): Mara Aronson, MS, RN, GCNS-BC; Terrence O'Malley, MD
Disclosure(s): Mara Aronson, MS, RN, GCNS-BC has no financial disclosures to report. Terrence O'Malley, MD has no financial disclosures to report.