Peer to Peer


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Peer-to-Peer will bring together a multidisciplinary team of medication safety experts to develop an evidence based self-assessment tool for operating room personnel to use in assessing their medication safety profile.

The Peer-to-Peer Medication Safety Assessment project has three specific aims:
Specific Aim 1. Develop a Medication Safety Assessment tool:
o Built on evidence based best practices
o Supported by expert guidelines and consensus statements, or by published studies
o Include multidisciplinary team (nursing, pharmacy, anesthesia)
o Begins with the APSF Consensus Recommendations for Improving Medication Safety in the Operating Room.

Specific Aim 2. Test the validity of the Medication Safety Assessment tool:
o Through self-assessment at 4 cardiac surgical institutions
o Through Peer-to-Peer assessment via round-robin visits between the 4 cardiac surgical institutions
o Determine which method yields the more accurate assessment of medication practice vulnerabilities
o Test construct validity, inter and intra-observer variability

Specific Aim 3. Determine whether use of the Medication Assessment tool results in implementation of better and stronger medication safety practices:
o Measure the change in vulnerability score at 12 months and 24 months after the first assessment process
o Use the assessment method identified in Specific Aim 2 as being the most valid

Participating Sites:
o Henry Ford Medical School – Lebron Cooper, MD
o Washington University, St. Louis – Isaac Lynch, MD
o University of Minnesota – Michael Wall, MD, Project PI
o Medical University of South Carolina – James Abernathy, MD

The Peer to Peer Medication Safety Assessment Project is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from PharMEDium Services, the national leader in customized sterile compounding for hospital intravenous and epidural admixtures.