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ISMP Patient Safety Contest

From the February 12, 2004

Help us celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 7-13, 2004, by participating in our Patient Safety Contest. This year, we’re seeking entries in the following categories:

(1) Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA). Submit an interdisciplinary FMEA, completed in the past year, related to a critical aspect of medication use. Describe what you learned from the process, as well as actions that were taken to reduce the risk of a harmful error.

(2) Preventing Intimidation. Describe the steps your organization has undertaken to reduce intimidation among healthcare providers. Include supporting materials such as policies, procedures, role-playing exercises, presentations, minutes of discussions, and measurements (e.g., pre/post surveys) that demonstrate a reduction in intimidating behavior.

(3) Timely delivery of medications. Submit a description of your efforts to improve the timely delivery of medications to patient care units in response to new medication orders. Provide information on how you identified the problem, how an interdisciplinary team addressed the issue, and how you measured your success.

Entries should be faxed (215-914-1492), emailed, or mailed to ISMP (address in credit box below) by March 3, 2004, and should include your name, organization, address, and phone number. One winner in each category will receive a new videotape entitled Patients Play a Vital Role in Patient Safety, and $500 to use toward a patient safety activity. “Honorable mention” submissions will receive a $50 gift certificate to be used toward ISMP products or services. We will post the winning entries on our website and provide national recognition if desired. For information on National Patient Safety Awareness Week, visit:

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