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The following are excerpts from the newsletter

October 19, 2017

In this week's issue:

  • Unreadable barcodes and multiple barcodes on packages can lead to errors
  • Order for "NoSalt" leads to error cascade
  • NANALERT: Misuse of standard insulin pen needles.
  • ISMP launches self assessment for high-alert medications
  • Differentiating insulin types by touch and separate storage.
  • Clarification of note in table in our last newsletter.
  • SIMPLIST syringe with STABILOX canister may surprise some.

Special announcements:

  • Attend ISMP Symposia in December
    • ISMP will offer 3 symposia at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December.
    • For details, visit: www.ProCE.com/ISMP2017.
  • Last 2017 MSI Workshop
    • Join your colleagues at the last Medication Safety Intensive (MSI) workshop this year.
    • December 1-2, in Orlando (just prior to ASHP meeting)
    • For more information or to register, visit: www.ismp.org/sc?id=637.
  • New High-Alert Self Assessment
    • ISMP has introduced a new tool to help hospitals, long-term care facilities, and certain outpatient settings evaluate their best practices related to high-alert medications.
    • To access the self assessment, visit: www.ismp.org/selfassessments/SAHAM.
  • Medication Safety Certificate Program
    • ISMP and ASHP have developed a self-guided, online CE program to equip pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, and physicians with skills to improve medication safety in numerous practice settings.
    • For more information, visit: www.ismp.org/sc?id=2926.
  • ISMP webinars
    • October 25: ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for High-Alert Medications: How to Obtain the Most Accurate and Useful Results
    • November 9: Identifying Risk in Your Organization: Does Error Reporting Capture Everything?
    • For more information and to register, visit: www.ismp.org/sc?id=349.

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