Ensuring and supporting compliance
In 2010 the Council of the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists (NSCP) adopted the Standard of Practice for Quality Assurance Programs in Community Pharmacies. Pharmacies participating in SafetyNET-Rx have the resources and support needed to establish the necessary policies and processes to achieve compliance with the standard.
People, Processes, Technology
SafetyNET-Rx disseminates the knowledge needed to enable community pharmacies to assess and benchmark their own error reporting and learning practices in a systematic and validated way; and provides a standardized and packaged continuous quality improvement (CQI) process that pharmacies can adopt to better report and manage quality related events (i.e., medication errors and near misses).
Next generation of health-care managers and researchers
Student researchers include business, pharmacy, and health-care management undergraduate, master, and Ph.D. students. Student facilities include office space at Dalhousie University and St. Francis Xavier University and a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded research lab at St. Francis Xavier University.
World-class research in patient safety
SafetyNET-Rx is the largest research program in Canada focused on quality related event (i.e., medication error and near miss) reporting and learning in community pharmacies. SafetyNET-Rx is fully funded through grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.
Latest in communication and information technology
SafetyNET-Rx applies the latest in communication and information technology to enhance quality related event (i.e., medication error and near miss) reporting and learning. For example, CQI-IS, an iPad-based online application, allows provincial pharmacy inspectors to assess how well community pharmacies are meeting provincial policies with respect to quality related event reporting and learning.
SafetyNET-Rx have been presented on the CTV National News and Canada AM, presented at national and international conferences, and published in leading pharmacy journals.
Since 2010, more than 80 Nova Scotia community pharmacies have been using the SafetyNET-Rx pharmacy tailored CQI program; which has resulted in thousands of quality related events being reported to ISMP Canada.
Last year alone, approximately 450 million prescriptions were dispensed in Canadian community pharmacies.
Applying the findings from international research studies, over one million quality related events occur annually in our country.