The overall goal of the AIMS (Assurance and Improvement in Medication Safety) program is to improve medication safety through the recording and analyzing of incidents and near misses to help identify solutions aimed at preventing them from recurring. The College is committed to supporting community pharmacies to use data to strive towards this goal and emphasizing learning through a safety culture where individuals are comfortable bringing forward medication incidents without fear of punitive outcomes.
The College is moving towards using data differently, including making data available in a way that can assist with quality improvement initiatives. The College has developed a tool that allows pharmacy teams and other stakeholders a view of the aggregate, anonymous medication incident and near miss data on some of the event recording fields that are available through the AIMS program.
In reviewing the data, there are some considerations that should be taken into account. The data is self-recorded and therefore data field selection is dependent on the individual recording. Additionally, the data only reflects the activities of those community pharmacies that have recorded incidents or near misses.