Medication safety is defined as freedom from preventable harm with medication use. Because medication is used so widely, it’s critical to safe care. To shape a future where everyone has safe care, including medication safety, HEC works in partnership with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, Patients for Patient Safety Canada and others.
When used safely and appropriately, medications contribute to significant improvements in the health and well-being of patients. However, despite the best intentions of healthcare providers and the design of healthcare systems, medications can cause patient safety incidents. Those incidents can impact health outcomes, length of stay in a healthcare facility, readmission rates and overall costs the healthcare system in Canada.
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