Safety Improvement in Quality, or Safety IQ, is a patient safety initiative created through a partnership between the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (College) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), a specialized, third-party organization. Safety IQ is a standardized system of continuous improvement designed to prevent medication incidents from happening in community pharmacies.
Safety IQ enables community pharmacies to anonymously report, analyze, and share learnings about medication incidents through ISMP Canada.
Through its mandate to protect the public, the College is fully committed to supporting community pharmacies as they standardize their continuous quality improvement programs.
There are many great resources which can offer a path to better health outcomes through awareness, advocacy, and collaboration. Safety IQ features resources for patients and pharmacy professionals to bolster their knowledge and empowerment. To view a full list of resources, please visit our Resource pages for pharmacy professionals and for patients.
Knowledge Mobilization Tool
Pharmacy professionals can face a vast body of knowledge and recommendations when it comes to researching medication safety solutions. A general internet search can cause frustration and apprehension as it is sometimes difficult to assess the quality and accuracy of medication safety recommendations from multiple sources.
The Knowledge Mobilization Tool (KMT) developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) offers a novel solution to endless research and fact-checking. The KMT is an educational tool that gathers and sorts relevant, context-specific information to help healthcare practitioners address medication safety issues. The KMT is a database powered by almost a decade’s worth of medication incident and near miss reporting by healthcare professionals and patients to ISMP Canada. With the KMT, you can quickly and easily search incident analysis and recommendations made by ISMP Canada over the last decade. By searching the KMT you can find reports on previously published incidents, contributing factors, and published recommendations.
Best of all, the KMT is now available as a free mobile application for iPhone and IOS!
Please visit the KMT platform to begin your search for medication safety solutions:
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists created 5 Questions to Ask About Your Medicationsto help patients and caregivers to talk about medications and to improve communication with their healthcare providers.
5 Questions to Ask About Your Medications is a simple tool that can you manage your medication therapy. This resource is available in a variety of languages and is endorsed by provincial, national, and international healthcare and patient safety organizations.
eQuipped: The Safety IQ eNewsletter
eQuipped is the official e-newsletter for the Safety IQ Pilot. Each issue will feature a Safety IQ Pilot Pharmacy, Safety IQ statistics, continuous quality improvement tips and tricks, and resources and information to keep you updated on all things Safety IQ!
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