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October 8, 1997

  • Think medical records are an accurate source for medication history? Think again.
  • Safety Briefs:
    • Preprinted chemotherapy order form makes it obvious when order may be incorrect.
    • School revamps procedures for administering meds to students when teacher's aide gives child another student's medication.
    • FDA now requiring lableling of natural rubber latex containing products.
    • Is insulin lispro (Humalog®)teratogenic?
    • Hospital outlaws rollerball and Flair® pens due to error caused by "dragging" of the pen.
    • Dispensing the wrong drug is one of the most common medication errors. Talk yourself through the dispensing process many times you can "hear" the difference and prevent the mistake.
    • Review the difference between opium tincture, deodorized and paregoric.
  • New label design to prevent errors.
  • Pharmaceutical (who) care(s)?

October 22, 1997

  • Mmmm...check out this problem order
  • Sure, I know how to use it...
  • Home medications survey results
  • Safety Briefs:
    • McNeil Consumer Products Co. relabels Tylenol® pediatric products to emphasize the concentration differences between the products.
    • American Regent style of label for sodium chloride injection 0.9% 10 mL is nearly indentical to 10% calcium gluconate 10 mL.
    • Sharing information provides organizations with an opportunity to evaluate their own practices. Survey results like those on home care medications (page 2) provide a useful format. Are there other topics that you would like to see evaluated through a survey? Please let us know.
    • Coined institution-specific abbreviations, even when approved by the P&T Committee, are not such a great idea.
    • How secure are medications and medical supplies in your patient care areas?

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