■ The healthcare system:
Building safer systems to enhance clinical care delivery
Exploring medication risks
Type of activity: Group activity
These 2 group activities help learners understand systemic medication risks and how these risks can be mitigated.
Ask learners to form small groups and to make arrangements to interview a community-based pharmacist. The interview questions should focus on common prescription problems that could lead to a patient safety incident (accident in Québec).
As a follow-up activity, ask each learner to write a 1-page narrative about what they learned and steps they can take to ensure safer prescribing. The narratives may later be shared with their small groups.
Ask learners to form small groups and present them with the following scenario:
You are in charge of implementing a system for medication reconciliation for one of the following groups:
- Admitted patients
- Transferred patients within the hospital
- Discharged patients
In your small group, identify and discuss how you would develop and implement the system. Include the important components of such a system as well as implementation considerations.
As a follow-up activity, ask each small group to present their recommendations to the rest of the large group.