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May 7, 1997

  • Which IV calcium: chloride or gluconate?
  • Be alert for possible confusion between Viaracept® and Viramune®
  • Safety Briefs
    • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing requires primary references for drug dosing.
    • Return to low dose hydrochlorthiazide as first-line therapy for hypertension?
    • Three nurses indicted by grand jury in medication error related death.
    • Brand name may represent more than one generic drug depending on which country the brand name is from.
    • Overuse of decongestant eyedrops may cause acute and chronic forms of conjunctivitis.
    • Watch out for alcohol as an "inactive" ingredient.
    • Potential for mix up of 0.9% sodium chloride irrigation 1000mL and 0.25% acetic acid irrigation 1000 mL from McGaw.

May 21, 1997

  • Brevibloc® errors: more common than realized?
  • Hazard dosing with EPOCH chemotherapy regimen.
  • "Rit" or wrong? Is it Ritalin or ritodrine?
  • Safety Briefs
    • Caveat emptor with "alternative therapy".
    • Unlicensed personnel may not be properly trained to administer medications
    • Identification of licensed personnel who may be administering medications.
    • Report of Neocate® and Neocare® mixup.
    • Cross-allergic reactions are possible with Toradol® when given to patients sensitive to aspirin.
  • Editorial... The real error; blaming people, not the process

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