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Using Bar Code and
Digital Imaging Technology to Reduce IV Compounding Errors

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Midday Symposia #6
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
11:30 AM-1:30 PM

(Lunch will be provided)

New Orleans Convention Center
Room 384
New Orleans, LA

Register by Friday
December 2, 2011

Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Click here to register.

This symposium is funded through an educational grant from Baxa Corporation.


  Program Overview
  Program Topics and Faculty
  Continuing Education
  About ISMP
  Register by December 2, 2011

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ISMP has published numerous reports of harmful and even fatal errors that have occurred as a result of improper preparation of sterile intravenous (IV) products. Error reports involving IV compounding have also appeared in mainstream consumer media outlets, thus raising safety concerns with IV compounding to the level of a serious public health issue. This symposium will provide education for pharmacists on the use of new technology to prevent errors with IV admixtures.

Speakers will present background on some of these errors and how they may have occurred as well as recommendations to prevent these errors including improving pharmacy practices and staff training programs as well as the use of bar coding and digital imaging in IV admixture preparation to guide, document, and check each step of preparation remotely. Users of the three major vendors offering this new technology will discuss their experiences in implementing software and how they have optimized the safety benefits.

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Introduction, Sponsorship Acknowledgment and Program Overview
Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, PA

Review of IV Admixture Errors, Identifying Training Failures and Recommendations to Improve Staff Training
Stuart Levine, PharmD
Informatics Specialist
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, PA

Implementation and Use of IV Admixture/Workflow Software
Dennis M. Killian, PharmD, PhD
Director of Pharmacy Services
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Salisbury, MD

Diana L. Bond, RPh
Director of Pharmaceutical Services
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Caryn D. Belisle, RPh
Pharmacy Supervisor
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

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Following completion of this symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Identify system-based causes of medication errors associated with the preparation of IV admixtures in the acute care setting
  • Discuss why training fails over time and steps that can be taken to minimize failure
  • Describe the use of IV workflow software and the implementation challenges associated with this new technology
  • Discuss current approaches to the management of preventing medication errors in the IV setting

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Educational Review Systems is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education and complies with the Criteria for Quality for continuing pharmaceutical education. The program is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.20 CEUs) ACPE# 0761-9999-11-101-L05-P and 0761-9999-11-101-L05-T.

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents more than 35 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. For more information, visit

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