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Member, Ridge Meadows Hospital Local Medication Quality and Safety Committee – Fraser Health

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland

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Volunteer Opportunity
Do you have an interest in medication safety? Join the Ridge Meadows Hospital Local Medication Quality and Safety Committee to share your ideas on how to improve medication processes and practices.

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Lead Organization/Department
Ridge Meadows Hospital – Fraser Health

Aim
• To review data, engage staff in a culture of patient safety, brainstorm ideas for improvements to the system, implement medication safety projects.
• Patient partners provide input and share lived experience to ensure the work meets the needs of patients and caregivers.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Eligibility
Open to volunteers in Fraser Health who:
• Live in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
**Hospital health care experience is helpful but not required

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitment, are unsure if your experience is a good fit, please contact Jami Brown directly.

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity. The goal is to find the best fit for all involved.

Logistics
• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: Virtual Meetings every other month (Nov, Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept) on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 2:00 – 3:00
• Commitment: One hour – with some reading in between meetings. One year – with the opportunity to renew.
• Location: Virtual

Reimbursement
No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown- jbrown@bcpsqc.ca to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Background
Medication safety can be defined as “freedom form preventable harm with medication use” (ISMP Canada, 2077, available from: http://www.ismp-canada.org/definitions.htm. Medication safety is therefore important in the home and when receiving care in a health care facility. It’s also important for patients, families, and health care providers to work together to make sure medications are being prescribed, given, stored, and documented well. There are many documents and processes in place that provide health care providers with practice standards associated with medication management.

The Ridge Meadows Local Medication Quality and Safety Committee goals are:
• To provide leadership in determining & promoting quality improvement strategies in medication safety ensuring the integration of appropriate, safe, effective health care service provision.
• To plan change initiatives related to the medication distribution/administration system to engage practitioners and support personnel involved throughout the medication-use system in:
– Identifying issues (clinical and operational)
– Solving problems
– Improving practice
– Exchanging knowledge
– Generating and disseminating recommendations
• To support safe and effective use of medications
• To develop, support and evaluate practice standards

Committee members include:
– Clinical Nurse Educators
– Regional Pharmacy Representative
– Clinical Manager
– Clinical Director
– Pharmacy Coordinator
– Doctor
– Medication Safety Pharmacist

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers) Engagement Leader BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 604.510.0449 jbrown@bcpsqc.ca

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