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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 2016 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, Novartis, and Fresenius Kabi. 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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May 2017

In this month's issue:

  • Two unsafe practices: Administration of a product with a precipitate and reuse of a saline flush syringe
  • Happy National Nurses Week!
  • Don't dilute PROVAYBLUE in normal saline.
  • TRESIBA U-200 won't allow odd number dosing of insulin units.
  • Why color-coding injectables by drug class can be dangerous.
  • No, not methotrexate.

Special announcement:

  • Now accepting applications for our new International Fellowship
    • Healthcare professionals seeking a long-term career in medication and patient safety at an international level can now apply for a new 2-year ISMP International Safe Medication Management Fellowship program at ISMP funded by a grant from Baxter International.
    • Applications will be accepted through June 30.
    • The Fellowship will begin on September 1, 2017.
    • For details, please visit: www.ismp.org/sc?id=2898.


Nurse Advise-ERR® is offered free in 2016 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, Novartis, and Fresenius Kabi.

Back issues of the newsletter are available at: http://www.ismp.org/Newsletters/nursing/archive.aspx.
  
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ATTENTION CANADIAN NURSES: ISMP Canada is pleased to distribute this newsletter to Canadian nurses. Please subscribe via this link: https://www.ismp-canada.org/advise-err.htm.

 
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