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The following are excerpts from the newsletter

November 29, 2012

  • Side tracks on the safety express
    Interruptions lead to errors and unfinished… Wait, what was I doing? 

  • Sterile compounding safety guidelines. ISMP has finalized the Proceedings from the ISMP Sterile Preparation Compounding Safety Summit: Guidelines for Safe Preparation of Sterile Compounds, which can be found at www.ismp.org/Tools/guidelines/IVSummit/IVCGuidelines.pdf.

  • Safety Brief: Insulin concentration rarely needed on orders. On a medication reconciliation form, someone entered U-100 strength for LANTUS (insulin glargine) instead of the dose under the “dosage” section. This could be mistaken as an insulin dose of 100 units when the patient actually takes 44 units of U-100 Lantus.

  • Safety Brief: Can chain pharmacy programs reduce readmissions? ISMP is interested in your input regarding the perceived advantages and disadvantages regarding internal and external hospital-community liaison programs. To access the survey, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ISMP-Survey. Please complete the survey by December 21.

  • Your Reports at Work. USP updates heparin label to display the strength per total volume as the primary expression, followed closely by the strength per mL in parenthesis.

  • ISMP webinar. Join us on December 18, for our last webinar of the year, Improving Medication Safety Through Staff Education and Competency Assessment: An Important Challenge for Healthcare Organizations. For details, please visit www.ismp.org/educational/webinars.asp.

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