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Updated: ISMP's List of High-Alert Medications

From the August 9, 2007 issue

Based on a 2007 practitioner survey and review by ISMP and other medication safety experts, ISMP’s List of High-Alert Medications has been updated (see the PDF version of the newsletter for a list). Additions to the list include: epoprostenol (Flolan) IV, oxytocin IV, promethazine IV, and sterile water for injection, inhalation, and irrigation (excluding pour bottles) in containers of 100 mL or more. Warfarin, heparin, low-molecular-weight heparin, thrombolytics, and glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors were moved to a new category, antithrombotic agents, to which Factor Xa inhibitors and direct thrombin inhibitors were added. Amiodarone and lidocaine were also moved to a new category, anti-arrhythmics IV. Nesiritide was removed from the list due to a significant decline in use.

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