Medication errors are among the most common mistakes in health care delivery today, with huge costs to both patients and the health care system. The 2014 Facility Guidelines Institute Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities includes new requirements for assessing medication safety risks and identifying and designing medication safety zones, with the goal of helping owners improve safety outcomes and reimbursement under CMS's Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. In this session, a framework will be discussed for implementing these new standards in new construction and renovation projects. The session will enable attendees to:
Explain what a medication safety zone is.
Discuss the evidence showing how physical environment features can contribute to medication errors.
Describe the importance of assessing medication safety risk as part of overall project planning.
Discuss how the physical environment can support safe medication use.
Vice President, Facilities Planning & Design - National Facilities Services,
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.