Medication Safety Self Assessment for Australian Hospitals (2015) Introduction

The self assessment is divided into ten key elements that significantly influence safe medication use. Each element is defined by one or more core characteristics that further define a safe medication system. Each core characteristic contains individual self-assessment items to help you evaluate your success with achieving each core characteristic

The 2015 Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Australian Hospitals is subject to copyright in the name of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and has been adapted with permission by the Clinical Excellence Commission. It may not be used in whole or in part for any other purpose or by any other entity except for self assessment by Australian hospitals as part of their ongoing quality improvement activities. New Zealand hospitals may also participate and if interested should email cec-mssa@health.nsw.gov.au in the first instance.

ISMP and the Clinical Excellence Commission are not standard setting organisations. The self-assessment items in this document are not purported to represent a minimum standard of practice and should not be considered as such. In fact, some of the self assessment items represent innovative practices and system enhancements that are not widely implemented in most hospitals today. However, their value in reducing errors is grounded in scientific research and/or expert analysis of medication errors and their causes

Findings from the Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Australian Hospitals are intended for internal use and become even more useful as repeat assessments are performed to see where you have improved over time. The aggregate results of this assessment will be used for research and educational purposes only.

For more information please send your email enquiry to cec-mssa@health.nsw.gov.au.