This course guides participants through the issues that surround high-alert medications (HAMs) safety, including concentrated solutions, and look-alike/sound-alike medications. You will also identify tools and tips to avoid making mistakes with HAMs.
This training course is based on internationally recognized medication safety practices. It is based on the WHO-initiated Global Patient Safety Challenge which describes the philosophy of patient safety including that errors are inevitable, and that they are provoked in large part by weak health systems. It includes the following topics:
- Why improve the safety of High-Alert Medications (HAMs)
- Establish Your HAM Team
- How to Improve the Management of HAMs
- Engage and Train Your Staff
- Common Gaps and Measuring Compliance
- Knowledge check
- Course review and next steps
After taking this learning path, participants are expected to be able to:
- Identify all high-alert medications (HAM), including look-alike/sound-alike (LASA) medications and concentrated electrolytes used in your facility.
- Develop a standardized process for managing HAM including, LASA medications, and concentrated electrolytes.
- Mitigate harm by identifying HAM errors and preventing them.
Target AudienceAny hospital personnel involved in patient safety.
CreditsIFC MAS Advisory, Hospital Quality Program.