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Safety Improvement in Quality (Safety IQ) is a standardized continuous quality improvement (CQI) program. Its elements include reporting, analyzing, documenting, and shared learning from medication incidents and near-miss events to improve patient safety.
Safety IQ will become mandatory for community pharmacies in Manitoba June 1, 2021.
The following brief video provides an overview of what you can expect from Safety IQ:
The Safety IQ Implementation 2020-21 Guide for Pharmacy Managers is used by pharmacy managers alongside the updated Medication Incident and Near-Miss Event Practice Direction (effective June 1, 2021) to implement Safety IQ in community pharmacies across Manitoba.
The Medication Incident and Near-Miss Event Practice Direction was updated and approved by Council February 2020, to become effective June 1, 2021. Members must adhere to the current Medication Incidents and Discrepancies practice direction until May 31, 2021
The Medication Incident Reporting Platform Criteria outlines the software requirements that reporting platforms must meet to be eligible as service providers for incident reporting in community pharmacies in Manitoba.
This Safety IQ Implementation Checklist helps pharmacy managers and staff evaluate how they are progressing with the implementation of Safety IQ with respect to the June 1, 2021, deadline. This checklist is for the benefit of the pharmacy manager and staff and does not need to be sent to the College.
A key component of Safety IQ is the anonymous submission of medication incident and near-miss event data to the National Incident Data Repository (NIDR) for Community Pharmacy, an Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada)-led component of the Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System (CMIRPS). For a pharmacy to submit medication incident data to the NIDR, several steps must be taken by various stakeholders including medication incident reporting platform providers.
The Safety IQ Implementation 2020-21 Quick Facts document provides an overview of Safety IQ for all community pharmacy professionals.
The Safety IQ FAQ addresses the most common questions about Safety IQ.
The Community Pharmacy Safety Culture Toolkit provides pharmacy professionals with an overview of the principles and practices they can use to promote patient safety culture.
eQuipped is the official Safety IQ e-newsletter. Each issue will help your pharmacy prepare for the program. Get notable statistics, continuous quality improvement tips and tricks, and resources and information to stay updated on all things Safety IQ.
Click here for previous issues.
For more resources, please see the Safety IQ category in the Resource Library.