Welcome to the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Nurse Advise-ERR, a medication safety newsletter designed specifically to meet the needs of nurses who transcribe medication orders, administer medications, and monitor the effects of medications on patients. This monthly, two-four page newsletter will be 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. Regular features include detailed anonymous accounts of reported errors, checklists of evidence-based error reduction strategies, and short 'safety wires' that offer quick tips regarding safe medication practices. Free CEUs are available in July and January.

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September 2015

In this month's issue:

  • Draft Guidelines for the Safe Communication of Electronic Medication Information
  • One too many... Time to eliminate teaspoonsful
  • Influenza vaccine for healthcare workers
  • Insulin syringe needle length.
  • Zolpidem and unsafe use.

Special announcements:

  • ISMP webinar
    • September 29: Expanding Our Reach: Inpatient Pharmacists Reducing Readmissions Within a Health System
    • For details, visit:
  • Annual Fund
    • Medication safety would be very different today without ISMP's advocacy efforts, which have led to hundreds of positive product and practice changes. Please consider contributing to support ISMP during its 2015 Annual Fund drive.
    • To make a donation, go to:

Nurse Advise-ERR® is offered free in 2014 to nurses who work in US acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, community health clinics, surgical centers, and birthing centers; and faculty at academic settings to allow for free redistribution to students, thanks to educational grants from Baxter Healthcare and BD. We encourage you to designate a primary subscriber in your organization who then redistributes it to as many nurses as possible in your healthcare system.

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