The Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) is partnering with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) for 3 years to support long-term care homes in strengthening medication safety.  The initiative will help reduce harm associated with medication errors within homes and will include initiatives addressing Justice Gillese’s specific medication safety recommendations, including detecting potential medication incidents that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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This is the first in a series of short, interactive, online modules designed to introduce the basic concepts of Quality Improvement. Quality Improvement entails a structured problem-solving approach that has been successfully applied in many healthcare environments, including in long-term care. This approach entails problem and goal definition, analysis, implementation, and evaluation. The Quality Improvement Method is a template for continuous improvement in outcomes like satisfaction, safety, and financial sustainability. This module enables learners to learn the basics of Quality Improvement by solving a fictitious traffic safety problem and then translating that to Medication Safety.   

This module describes the five steps (5S) to better workplace organization. The module includes a simple activity that illustrates the benefits or simple, but powerful workplace organization techniques.  
5S forms one of the basic elements of a Quality Improvement system in healthcare, industry, hospitality, and in many other sectors, and not only leads to higher productivity, but also improved safety and quality outcomes.