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February 8, 2007

ISMP is providing the full newsletter for this issue

Special Announcements

  • ISMP teleconference
  • Please join us for our first teleconference of 2007, Gaining Physician Compliance to your Patient Safety Initiatives, to be held on February 22, 2007, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST. ISMP medical director and trustee Russell Jenkins, MD, will explore how to win, not just enforce, physician compliance to key patient safety initiatives, including elimination of dangerous abbreviations and medication reconciliation. To register, please visit www.ismp.org/educational/teleconferences.asp.

  • Free FDA patient safety videos.

  • The latest medication safety-related videos, developed by FDA in cooperation with ISMP, are available for free viewing or downloading on the ISMP Web site (www.ismp.org/Tools/fdavideos.asp).

  • PPAG meeting

    The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) will be holding a conference, Pediatric Medication Safety and Technology, on March 30 to April 1, 2007, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Texas. Topics include barcode pointof-care systems, automated dispensing cabinets, computerized prescriber order entry, electronic medication administration records, smart pump technology, and more! Arrive early on Friday for a bonus preconference symposium on Medication Safety and Technology, co-sponsored by ISMP and PPAG! For more information, please visit www.PPAG.or

February 22, 2007

  • HIGH ALERT Medication Feature: Reducing patient harm from opiates
  • Look-alike vial alert!
  • We’ve received four reports of look-alike confusion between bumetanide and norepinephrine injection vials, both made by Bedford Laboratories.

  • Purchasing for safety
  • To prevent mix-ups between look-alike products manufactured by the same company, hospitals may purchase one of the products from a different manufacturer. However, this tactic may be met with resistance in face of binding contracts with a manufacturer, purchasing group or hospital purchasing department.

  • Message in our mailbox
  • In response to our article on improving response to computer alerts in our February 8th, 2007 issue, pharmacist Roxanne Cook of Toronto, Canada wrote to let us know of an additional prompt she utilizes in practice.

Special Announcements…

  • ISMP teleconference
  • With the ongoing interest in point-of-care bar-coding technology, ISMP has selected this topic for its next two-part teleconference, Raising the Bar: Part I: Readiness and Implementation Strategies, to be held on March 14, 2007, and Part II: Lessons from the Bedside, to be held on April 4th, 2007, both from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT. In Part I, technology expert Mark Neuenschwander, will provide an unbiased overview of the technology available today for bar-coded drug administration and packaging solutions, and proven implementation strategies designed to maximize the return on investment. In Part II, Janice Dunsavage, PharmD, from Pinnacle Healthsystem in Harrisburg, PA, will provide a first-hand look at the challenges faced by an organization that has successfully implemented a bar-coded drug administration system. To register, visit: www.ismp.org/educational/teleconferences.asp.

  • Discounted ISMP book
  • In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4-10), we are offering a $10 discount during March on the purchase of the new 2nd Edition of Medication Errors (2007). For details, visit: www.ismp.org/products/medErrsEd2/default.asp.

  • PPAG meeting

  • The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) will be holding a conference, Pediatric Medication Safety and Technology, on March 30 to April 1, 2007, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Texas. Topics include barcode pointof-care systems, automated dispensing cabinets, computerized prescriber order entry, electronic medication administration records, smart pump technology, and more! Arrive early on Friday for a bonus preconference symposium on Medication Safety and Technology, co-sponsored by ISMP and PPAG! For more information, please visit www.PPAG.org.

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