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A potentially fatal medication error almost occurred at a Veterans Affairs hospital when surgical team members mistook a 500-ml IV bag of lidocaine for a 500-ml IV bag of hetastarch. Which method would have been most effective in differentiating the look-alike labels on the bags? a. tallman…
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During the recent American College of Perioperative Medicine Interdisciplinary Conference on Orthopedic Value Based Care, Sonia Szlyk, MD, Director of Regional Anesthesia, Mid-Atlantic Division, North American Partners in Anesthesia, Bethesda, MD, gave a presentation on the role of regional…
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By Rob Goodier NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding dextrose solution to the IV drip may be a safe, low-cost means of shortening induced labor in nulliparous women, according to new findings. "Given the fact that muscle performance is improved by glucose replacement during prolonged exercise and…
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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently awarded its annual “Cheers Award” to Ascension Health for or its comprehensive implementation of the 2014-2015 ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, which included use of a weekly dosage regimen default for oral…
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Patients who undergo _____________________ are most likely to become hooked on opioids. a. cesarean delivery b. laparoscopic cholecystectomy c. total knee arthroplasty d. simple mastectomy ----- To see the answer, read more. 
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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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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK - Pravastatin may improve pregnancy outcomes in women with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) refractory to standard antithrombotic therapy, a new study suggests. "We found that a drug intended to lower cholesterol and that has been massively used in the general population…
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Antipsychotic polypharmacy is still a significant issue for those discharged from US state psychiatric inpatient hospitals. That’s the conclusion of a recent study involving behavioral data from more than 86,000 individuals. It’s particularly true among patients with schizophrenia and those with…
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How much can the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reduce a hospital’s payments for readmissions of heart failure patients within 30 days of discharge? a. 1% b. 2% c. 3% d. 4% e. 5% Click to see if your guess is correct! 
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A central line infection prevention bundle lowered central venous catheter (CVC) dwell time and central line–associated bloodstream infections among newborns in a study from researchers in Australia. The bundle included CVC insertion, CVC maintenance, an education program for hospital staff, and…
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