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Case study: Intravenous bags of saline solutions have been in short supply since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September and knocked out power to several IV bag manufacturing plants, including those owned by Baxter International, a leading producer of IV saline solution. What should…
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Blog post by Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP, is the director of Error Reporting Programs at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Health care practitioners are repeatedly challenged by unexpected problems they encounter due to both large and small work system failures that hinder…
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In the last blog, we started a discussion on strategies that should be in place for pediatric patients in hospitals. The survey included eight error-prevention strategies associated with the drug administration process. For most of these strategies, more than 86% of respondents reported…
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In the last blog, we started a discussion on strategies that should be in place for pediatric patients in hospitals. The survey included error-prevention strategies associated with prescribing pediatric medications. A large number of respondents (85%) reported that, at least 90% of the time, their…
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As we enter into 2015, our thoughts have been with the many exceptional efforts that have been undertaken in the past year to improve medication safety. But despite the many safety accomplishments in 2014, we can’t help but mull over persistent medication safety gaffes that continue unresolved and…
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Many intensive care units (ICUs) across the U.S. have instituted antiseptic bath protocols for prevention of healthcare associated infections. These protocols have included the use of various products, but traditionally 2% chlorhexidine and simple soap and water have been the products of first…
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While the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and other organizations and agencies have repeatedly publicized the upcoming global changes with all enteral device connectors, we are not confident that healthcare organizations are adequately preparing for such a significant change. The new ISO…
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In 2013, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices conducted a survey on bullying, incivility, intimidation, and other forms of disrespectful behavior that have run rampant in healthcare while many remain silent or make excuses to minimize the profound devastation that disrespectful behavior…
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Critical care clinical pharmacy services have been available for decades within hospital and healthcare systems. These services have shown time and time again the value of assisting and demonstrating outcomes in many aspects of critical care pharmacotherapeutics including sedation of the…
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The role of health-system pharmacists continues to expand—the days of working in the basement of the hospital, verifying doctor’s medication orders and then correctly dispensing the appropriate dose to the floor are well behind us. We now enjoy greater responsibility in improving quality outcomes…
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