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Institute helps hospitals test drug safety practices

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 9, 2011

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A new tool available from the Horsham, Pa.-based Institute for Safe Medication Practices may help hospitals gauge how well they are doing in preventing drug-related harm to their patients.

Hospitals can complete an anonymous and confidential assessment of their medication safety practices and see how they compare with similar hospitals when it comes to preventing drug mistakes. The assessment tool, announced in April, was developed by the institute in partnership with the American Hospital Assn. and the Health Research and Educational Trust.

Previous assessments were done in 2000 and 2004 and formed the basis for hospital quality improvement initiatives, the institute said. The assessment is done through the institute's website (link).

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 31.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/05/09/prbf0509.htm.

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