Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacy

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Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacy

Description

This self assessment is a comprehensive tool designed to help health care providers and their staff assess the safety of medication practices in their pharmacy, identify opportunities for improvement, and compare their experience with the aggregate experiences of demographically similar community pharmacies around the Nation.

It is divided into the following 10 elements:

 

  • Patient information
  • Drug information
  • Communication of drug orders and other drug information
  • Drug labeling, packaging, and nomenclature
  • Drug standardization, storage, and distribution
  • Use of devices
  • Environmental factors
  • Staff competency and education
  • Patient education
  • Quality process and risk management

Each element is defined by one or more core distinguishing characteristics of a safe pharmacy system. Self-assessment characteristics are provided to help evaluate success with each of the core distinguishing characteristics.

Users are encouraged to submit their findings anonymously to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices so that a national baseline of community pharmacy efforts to enhance medication safety can be established.

Developer:

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Funding Sources:

American Pharmacists Association Foundation; Institute for Safe Medication Practices; National Association of Chain Drug Stores

History

Release Date: 2001
Original Summary: November 2006
Last Updated: 05/05/08

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