Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation

Initiatives

Medication Safety

Did you know that nearly 60% of nursing facility residents received nine or more different medications during a seven-day assessment period? Frail elders with complex health problems may need multiple medications to optimize their medical and functional status. However, as the number of medications increases, so do the risks of errors and potentially harmful drug interactions.

To minimize those risks, the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation joined with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and Masspro in a collaboration to reduce medication errors in nursing facilities.

This collaboration led to the development of a 200-page Safe Medication Practices Workbook  which provides the essential tools needed by senior care professionals to improve medication management systems and reduce the incidence of medication errors and resident harm. Funding and support for this work comes from the Department of Public Health’s Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction.