JCR Consultants Lead 'Train the Trainer' Workshops on Improving Medication Practices
CONTRIBUTED BY JEANNELL MANSUR, RPh, PharmD, FASHP, FSMSO
PRACTICE LEADER, MEDICATION SAFETY
JOINT COMMISSION RESOURCES AND JOINT COMMISSION INTERNATIONAL
This is the second year of JCR consultants providing training in the safe admixture of compounded sterile products and hazardous medications around the world.
In 2011, JCR/JCI completed, with support from Baxter, a toolkit “Improving IV Medication Practices for Patient Safety,” which provides foundational education on best practices for compounding of IV and other sterile admixtures and hazardous medications, development of a training program on compounding as well as the development of a quality program for safe compounding. U.S. subject matter experts authored the chapters of this toolkit.
2012 was the first year of Train the Trainer workshops which provide hands-on demonstration of compounding practices for hazardous and non-hazardous medications. Rosanne Passeri Farrell, Ron Small and Jeannell Mansur conducted these workshops. As a result of the perception of tremendous value of the workshops, additional workshops have been scheduled in Latin America and the Asia Pacific regions for 2013.
JCI consultants recognized that the participants could be further empowered to take this training back to their hospitals and to improve practices with leadership support. As a result, senior hospital leadership sessions have been developed to share the training activity with a tie-in to leadership’s role in supporting quality and safety.
The first leadership session was held on March 15th and included senior leaders from Mexico’s largest hospitals. Feedback was extremely positive. By the end of 2013, a total of 19 IV safety workshops will have taken place in Latin America and the Asia Pacific regions.
Given the likelihood of adverse events with poor compounding practices, the JCR consultants are providing training on best practices in this important area and have been welcomed by audiences who are eager to learn from them. Recently, reports of patient harm as a result of poor compounding practices have be published in the U.S.. There is an opportunity to improve practices worldwide in this field.
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