The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has launched its 2011 Medication Safety Self Assessment for hospitals, sending the assessment electronically to facilities across the nation.

The assessment, which follows similar efforts in 2000 and 2004, is designed to help hospitals review and improve their safety practices, and to track national progress. The American Hospital Association and its affiliate Health Research and Educational Trust are partnering with ISMP for the 2011 assessment.

Previous assessments also guided ISMP in developing educational resources, including the Pathways for Medication Safety toolkit at medpathways.info. The Commonwealth Fund provided a grant to conduct the 2011 assessment.

Self-assessments reports may be submitted to a portal at ismp.org. Participants will receive a unique, random password for submission but will not be identified, according to ISMP. Respondents can compare their results with aggregate results of similar organizations.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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