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October 4, 2007

Special Announcements…

  • ISMP teleconference.

    Please join us for our last scheduled teleconference of 2007, Clinical Pharmacists in the Emergency Department (ED): Building an Interdisciplinary Team to Improve Medication Safety, to be held on November 16, 2007, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET.  You’ll learn how this model improves patient outcomes from seasoned clinical pharmacists who have implemented clinical pharmacy programs in the ED.  Visit www.ismp.org/educational/teleconferences.asp for details.

  • Med-E.R.R.S marks 10 years of service.

    Our subsidiary, Med-E.R.R.S, has provided packaging design consultation to the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years!  As one of its 10-year anniversary activities, Med-E.R.R.S will sponsor a teleconference for the pharmaceutical industry, Spotlight on Medication Safety: Designing Safe Packaging and Labels, on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 from 1:30-3:00 p.m., ET.  For details, visit: www.med-errs.com/teleconferences/.

october 18, 2007

  • ISMP Self-Assessment drives ongoing safety improvements.
  • Medication Safety Self Assessment tools define best practices and offer organizations a way to measure their progress toward adoption of safe medication use practices. Read how the collaborative efforts of a 20 hospital group yielded improvements for all members.

  • Safety Brief: Say again?
  • Sound-alike drug names are particularly problematic in settings that rely on telephone communication to formulate complex plans of care. Read on to learn how one poison control center is reducing the risks associated with sound-alike drug names.

  • Safety Brief: Colchicine deaths
  • CDC has reported a series of deaths that occurred as a result of Colchicine overdose.  Colchicine is a high-alert medication and special attention to cumulative dosing guidelines is indicated when prescribing.

  • Safety Brief: Expiration date—not!
  • Check out the picture of Roxane’s calcitrol packaging and see if you can determine the real expiration date! Our safety brief will tell you how to tell and what the manufactureris doing to clear up confusion.

Special Announcements…

  • ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Antithrombotic Therapy in Hospitals

    ISMP has produced a self assessment tool to assist organization in meeting The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal addressing anticoagulant therapies. Visit http://www.ismp.org/selfassessments/default.asp to access this free resource.
  • ISMP teleconference.

    Please join us for our last scheduled teleconference of 2007, Clinical Pharmacists in the Emergency Department (ED): Building an Interdisciplinary Team to Improve Medication Safety, to be held on November 16, 2007, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET.  You’ll learn how this model improves patient outcomes from seasoned clinical pharmacists who have implemented clinical pharmacy programs in the ED.  Visit www.ismp.org/educational/teleconferences.asp for details.

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