Acute Care Volume 20, Issue 1

Medication Safety Alert! January 15, 2015

In this week's issue:

Featured article

Harmful or fatal errors that have occurred when compounding sterile intravenous (IV) preparations in the pharmacy—including simple IV admixtures—have been fodder for headline news during the past decade.1 The 2012 meningitis outbreak that led to the death of 64 people from contaminated epidural solutions prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) will long be remembered. There has been no shortage of sterile compounding errors in hospital pharmacies, either—from the accidental chemotherapy compounding error 9 years ago that claimed the life of 2-year-old Emily Jerry and eventually...

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