New unit dose medication distribution to increase patient safety

Mar 10, 2016

Victoria – A new unit dose medication distribution system that will result in safer care for patients in the Capital Regional District and is one step closer with the approval of $4.12 million in funding by the Capital Regional Hospital District Board. This amount represents a 40% share of the $10.3 million South Island Unit-Dose Medication Distribution Project, with remaining funding provided by Island Health.

“This new medication system at Royal Jubilee Hospital reflects our commitment to make sure that patient safety is at the forefront of the supports being delivered,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The renovations and expansion are designed with the patient in mind, and will include a new system to help improve medication safety, similar to other work being done across Island Health.”

Quality and safety improvements will be achieved when a full range of medications in a ready to administer, unit-dosed, and bar-code labeled format are universally available across Island Health.  The new standard of practice in medication systems is a Closed Loop Medication System which includes an advanced electronic health record, bar-code enabled administration, and unit-dose medications.

The project includes development and renovations to the Royal Jubilee Hospital pharmacy and modifications to existing medication storage areas in the hospitals and Island Health residential care facilities in the Capital Regional District, as well as the deployment of automated dispensing cabinets in multiple locations.

“The Capital Regional Hospital District Board was really impressed by the benefits of this project and commitment to enhance patient safety in our region,” said David Howe, Chair of the Capital Regional Hospital District Board of Directors.

In the Capital Regional District, the project will cover four hospitals (825 beds), eight residential care facilities that are supported by hospital pharmacies (980 beds) and five health centres including the Southern Gulf Islands and the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health.

“The closed-loop medication system will allow Island Health to continue to improve the high level of care patients receive at our facilities, while creating efficiencies,” said Don Hubbard, Chair of the Island Health Board of Directors. “This is an example of how, as an organization, we work to provide the same kind of quality health care we would want for ourselves and our loved ones.” 

Construction is expected to begin in April, with completion of the project and full implementation of the closed loop medication system by August 2017. .


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