Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy

Name of your initiative: 
Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy
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Which organization is submitting this initiative?: 
St Maarten Hospital Mechelen and WZC Hof van Egmont nursing home
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Please enter the name of the contact person for this initiative: 
Wendy Absillis
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Please give a summary of your initiative (in English): 
Communication problems in medicine use can often lead to unintented intakes of double doses, or problems with the restart of medicinal treatments. The initiative has a preventative focus as it addresses and prevents unsafe medication practice. The initiative is developed in the local hospital AZ Sint Maarten in Mechelen, and more specifically the hospital pharmacy. To improve communication flows about medicinal information and follow-up of patients medicinal treatments between the hospital and the participating nursing home WZC Hof van Egmont a new communication procedure was developed. The procedure includes the following: If a resident of the nursinghome Hof van Egmont is taken into hospital AZ Sint Maarten, the clinical pharmacist will check the ‘medicinal profile’ of the patient/resident and do a close follow-up during the residents stay in the hospital. The medicinal profile will be carefully checked on possible drug-drug interactions, actual times of intake of medication, possible errors due to formularium-switches. When the patient/resident gets discharged from the hospital, a complete and transparent discharge-letter is provided. The aim is a fast and instant briefing of carepersonnel in the nursinghome. One week after dischargement from the hospital, the pharmacist contacts the caregiver of the resident for a further follow-up of the medicinal treatment.
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The most important source of funding for your initiative: 
National funding
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What triggered this initiative?: 
The need for an innovative communication system to reduce the amount of drugs taken by patients. The need for better communication about different medicinal-therapies. The need for sharing expertise and supervision between both fields, client care in (social) nursing homes and medicinal care in healthcare settings).
What are the main objectives of your initiative? Choose a maximum of 3 objectives.: 
Community support and health services: increase in client-oriented and -centered made to measure health and social care and services
Please describe any subgoals of your initiative: 
The practice aims at a better use of resources/cost reduction, as it aims to avoid the duplication of tasks. It also aims to improve quality of care and Improve co-ordination and continuity of health and social care and to enhance safety. It does this by improving the communication between professionals and about safe drug therapy between a hospital and a nursing home.
Target group
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Does your initiative target a specific age group?: 
65 - 7980+
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What type of intervention strategy is used in your initiative?: 
Living lab/pilot
Please indicate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your initiative: 
Prototype and implementation: level 7-9
Who executes the initiative: 
HospitalPrimary health care providersGeneral practitionerPrimary health care providersNursePrimary health care providersOtherProvider of medical goodsResidential long-term care facilities
What is the relevant physical scale of your initiative?: 
BuildingIn a care settingCity/municipality
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HospitalPrimary health care providersGeneral practitionerPrimary health care providersNursePrimary health care providersOtherProvider of medical goods
Please describe how you think your initiative could be transferred to other regions or contexts: 
Not known yet. The initiative is an ongoing pilot-case, it is momentarily difficult to judge the future implementation chances.
Is your initiative economically sustainable and does it contribute to economic development?: 
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Impact & outcome
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What do you consider the key success factors of your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the key success factors to be: 
The initiative is an ongoing pilot project so it is difficult to present key success factors at this stage.
What do you consider the main barriers to overcome in your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the main barriers to be.: 
Few possible weaknesses have been spotted such as shortage of means and resources and a necessary time investment. Communication is never easy to improve.
What instruments will you use/have used to collect data?: 
Other, namely
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