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  • Measure Summary
  • NQMC:005018
  • Feb 2009

Standardized methods for labeling, packaging and storing medications: does the hospital have guidelines or protocols on correct storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries?

Ministry of Health. Safe practices indicators project: background, summary of methods and measurement strategies. Madrid: Ministry of Health; 2009 Feb 20. 97 p.

This is the current release of the measure.

The measure developer reaffirmed the currency of this measure in April 2016.

Primary Measure Domain

Clinical Quality Measures: Structure

Secondary Measure Domain

Does not apply to this measure

Description

This measure is used to determine whether or not the hospital has guidelines or protocols on storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries.

Rationale

Improper labeling and packaging of medications are well-known causes of serious medication errors. The evidence shows that there are effective methods for simplifying pharmacy dispensing by standardizing the labeling of medication containers and drawn-up syringes and the packaging of medications.

The existence of norms on correct storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries reflects the hospital's endeavors to prevent medication errors.

Evidence for Rationale

Ministry of Health. Safe practices indicators project: background, summary of methods and measurement strategies. Madrid: Ministry of Health; 2009 Feb 20. 97 p.

Primary Health Components

Correct storage, conservation and restocking of medications; nurse station dispensaries

Denominator Description

This measure applies to hospitals (one hospital at a time).

Numerator Description

The hospital has guidelines or protocols on storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries (see the related "Numerator Inclusions/Exclusions" field).

Type of Evidence Supporting the Criterion of Quality for the Measure

  • A formal consensus procedure, involving experts in relevant clinical, methodological, public health and organizational sciences
  • One or more research studies published in a National Library of Medicine (NLM) indexed, peer-reviewed journal

Additional Information Supporting Need for the Measure

30% of hospitals have complete guidelines or protocols on correct storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries.

Evidence for Additional Information Supporting Need for the Measure

Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. Indicadores de buenas practicas sobre seguridad del paciente. Resultados de su medicion en una muestra de hospitales del sistema nacional de salud Español. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo; 2008. 95 p.

Extent of Measure Testing

After pilot testing, the set of indicators has been measured in a random sample of 25 Spanish hospitals, stratified by hospital size. The main objective has been to field test the feasibility of measurement in the various settings representing real life situations in the context of the Spanish Health Care System.

Both the whole indicators validation report and the results of the baseline measurement in a sample of the Spanish National Health Service (NHS) hospitals may be accessed and downloaded from the Spanish Ministry of Health web page (in Spanish):

Evidence for Extent of Measure Testing

Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. Construccion y validacion de indicadores de buenas practicas sobre seguridad del paciente. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo; 2008. 178 p.

Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. Indicadores de buenas practicas sobre seguridad del paciente. Resultados de su medicion en una muestra de hospitales del sistema nacional de salud Español. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo; 2008. 95 p.

Ministry of Health. Safe practices indicators project: background, summary of methods and measurement strategies. Madrid: Ministry of Health; 2009 Feb 20. 97 p.

State of Use

Current routine use

Current Use

Internal quality improvement

Measurement Setting

Hospital Inpatient

Hospital Outpatient

Professionals Involved in Delivery of Health Services

Nurses

Pharmacists

Least Aggregated Level of Services Delivery Addressed

Single Health Care Delivery or Public Health Organizations

Statement of Acceptable Minimum Sample Size

Does not apply to this measure

Target Population Age

Does not apply to this measure

Target Population Gender

Does not apply to this measure

IOM Care Need

Not within an IOM Care Need

IOM Domain

Not within an IOM Domain

Case Finding Period

Does not apply to this measure

Denominator Sampling Frame

Health care or public health organization

Denominator (Index) Event or Characteristic

Does not apply to this measure

Denominator Time Window

Does not apply to this measure

Denominator Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions
This measure applies to hospitals (one hospital at a time).

Exclusions
None

Exclusions/Exceptions

Does not apply to this measure

Numerator Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions
The hospital has guidelines or protocols on storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries.

Note: Request copy of document and assess whether or not it includes:

  • Stock levels of medications
  • Specific norms for Cardiac arrest trolley
  • Specific norms for narcotics and psychotropic drugs
  • Conservation and temperature records for thermo-labile medications
  • Conservation of photosensitive medications
  • Use-by (expiry) date control system
  • Restocking system

Exclusions
None

Numerator Search Strategy

Fixed time period or point in time

Data Source

Organizational policies and procedures

Provider characteristics

Type of Health State

Does not apply to this measure

Instruments Used and/or Associated with the Measure

None

Measure Specifies Disaggregation

Does not apply to this measure

Scoring

Dichotomous

Interpretation of Score

Desired value is presence of a characteristic

Allowance for Patient or Population Factors

Does not apply to this measure

Standard of Comparison

Internal time comparison

Original Title

Existence in hospital of guidelines or protocols on correct storage, conservation and restocking of medications in nurse station dispensaries.

Measure Collection Name

Safe Practices Indicators Project

Measure Set Name

Increase Safe Medication Use

Measure Subset Name

Standard Methods for Labeling, Packaging and Storing Medication

Submitter

Spanish Agency for Healthcare Quality of the Spanish Ministry of Health - National Government Agency [Non-U.S.]

Developer

Grupo de Investigación sobre Gestión de la Calidad en Servicios de Salud, University of Murcia, under contract to the Spanish Ministry of Health - National Government Agency [Non-U.S.]

Funding Source(s)

Agency for Quality, Spanish Ministry of Health

Composition of the Group that Developed the Measure

Saturno, Pedro J., MD, DrPH; Group Director and Project PI

Castillo, Carmen; López, M. José; Ramón, Teresa; Nurses

Carrillo, Andrés, MD; Intensive Care Specialist

Iranzo, M. Dolores; Hospital pharmacist

Soria, Victor, MD; Surgeon

Parra, Pedro, MD; Gomis, Rafael, MD; Gascón, Juan J., MD; Quality Management Specialists

Financial Disclosures/Other Potential Conflicts of Interest

Project entirely financed by the Spanish Ministry of Health.

Adaptation

This measure was not adapted from another source.

Date of Most Current Version in NQMC

2009 Feb

Measure Maintenance

Unspecified

Date of Next Anticipated Revision

Unspecified

Measure Status

This is the current release of the measure.

The measure developer reaffirmed the currency of this measure in April 2016.

Source(s)

Ministry of Health. Safe practices indicators project: background, summary of methods and measurement strategies. Madrid: Ministry of Health; 2009 Feb 20. 97 p.

Measure Availability

Source not available electronically.

For more information, contact:

  • Ministry of Health and Social Policy, at Paseo del Prado, 18-20, planta baja, esquina con Lope de Vega. 28014 Madrid; Phone: +34 901 400 100; Fax: +34 915 96 44 80; Web site: www.msc.es/en/home.htm External Web Site Policy.

    OR

  • Pedro J. Saturno, Facultad de Medicina, at Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Espinardo-Murcia (Spain); Phone: 868 883 948; Fax: +34 868 883947; E-mail: psaturno@um.es.

Companion Documents

The following are available:

  • Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. Construccion y validacion de indicadores de buenas practicas sobre seguridad del paciente. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo; 2008. 178 p. This document is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) from the Ministry of Health and Social Policy Web site External Web Site Policy (in Spanish).
  • Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo. Indicadores de buenas practicas sobre seguridad del paciente. Resultados de su medicion en una muestra de hospitales del sistema nacional de salud Español. Madrid: Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo; 2008. 95 p. This document is available in PDF from the Ministry of Health and Social Policy Web site External Web Site Policy (in Spanish).

NQMC Status

This NQMC summary was completed by ECRI Institute on September 11, 2009. The information was verified by the measure developer on December 23, 2009.

This NQMC summary was retrofitted into the new template on July 27, 2011.

The information was reaffirmed by the measure developer on April 4, 2016.

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