Omission of high-alert medications: a hidden danger.
Grissinger M, Alghamdi D. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. December 2014;11:149-155.
Analyzing incidents reported over a 4-month period, this article reveals that 21% of 2700 medication errorsinvolved at least one high-alert medication. The investigation found that more than half of errors occurred during the administration process, and problems associated with set up and use of intravenous (IV) delivery systems contributed to omissions. Recommended strategies to reduce risks include developing standardprocedures, tracing IV lines, and enhancing utilization of health care technology.
Proper positioning of pharmacy label on Hospira PCA vials will avoid interference with scanning.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. August 14, 2008;13:1-3.
Preparing your hospital for compliance with The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals.
Murdaugh L, Jordin R. Hosp Pharm. 2008;43:728-733.
Anticoagulant safety practices call for pharmacist supervision.
Scott A. Drug Topics (Health-System Edition). November 10, 2008.
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Safe practice environment chapter proposed by USP.
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