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ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® NEWSLETTERS

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) makes communication and education about medication errors a priority, publishing four electronic medication safety newsletters for healthcare professionals and consumers that collectively reach more than three million readers. ISMP’s newsletters are widely recognized as some of the most timely and comprehensive medical alert systems in the world.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care edition, sent biweekly via e-mail, is the nation’s only publication reaching nearly every U.S. hospital with vital and potentially life-saving information on medication and device errors and adverse drug reactions as well as practical prevention strategies. In addition to the newsletter, subscribers receive urgent advisories about serious errors or information that requires immediate attention.

For more information on ISMP’s medication safety newsletters, or to subscribe, click on the links below. 

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ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Community/Ambulatory Care edition is targeted toward pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians and other community health professionals. This monthly newsletter provides timely information about medication-related errors and adverse drug reactions and their implications for community practice sites, and offers recommendations on how to improve medication safety within the community setting.

ISMP Medications Safety Alert! Nurse Advise-ERR is designed to meet the medication safety information needs of nurses who transcribe orders, administer medications, and monitor the effects of medications on patients. Published monthly, the newsletter offers detailed error reports and checklists of evidence-based error reduction strategies. Nurse Advise-ERR is being offered FREE in 2014 to acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, community health clinics, surgical centers, and birthing centers, and to faculty at academic settings thanks to restricted grants from Baxter Healthcare and BD. Those who work in other settings can still purchase an individual subscription for $15 or a reduced-rate organizational subscription for $50.

Long Term Care NewsletterISMP Medication Safety Alert! Long-Term Care Advise-ERR is a monthly newsletter, specifically tailored to the long-term care setting, which provides timely medication safety information to staff working with resident populations that are often elderly, frail, dependent, complex in nature, and fraught with many different illnesses and dysfunctions. Long-Term Care Advise-ERR is being offered FREE to long-term care facilities in the US from July 2013 to June 2014, thanks to partial support from Lilly. Others who work in the long-term care field but are not employed by a long-term care facility can receive the newsletter for a low subscription rate of $49. The newsletter describes actual blinded stories of medication errors, discussions about their causes, and suggestions to reduce the risk of similar errors. Other newsworthy medication safety-related topics on important drug safety issues for nurses, nursing directors, and long-term care administrators are also included. As needed, the newsletter is used as a vehicle to quickly and widely disseminate hazard warnings about very serious or potentially fatal drug safety issues that impact long-term care.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Safe Medicine is the only consumer health education newsletter that focuses specifically on the prevention of medication errors. Published every other month, this ISMP newsletter teaches consumers to become active partners with their healthcare providers and assume a leading role in ensuring safe medication use. Consumers interested in more information on taking their medications safely and preventing errors can access the Institute’s consumer website.



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