Acute Care Volume 21, Issue 14

Medication Safety Alert! July 14, 2016

In this week's issue:

  • Correct Use of Inhalers: Help Patients Breathe Easier
  • U-500 syringe approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Crash cart drug mix-up
  • Misleading labeling on VistaPharm potassium chloride liquid
  • Quarterly Action Agenda (April - June 2016)
Featured article

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are life-long, potentially life-threatening diseases that represent the leading chronic respiratory diseases in the world.1 Inhalation of medications is an effective method for rapidly delivering short- or long-acting bronchodilators and corticosteroids to prevent, control, and treat respiratory symptoms that accompany these diseases. Inhalation of medications may also reduce the risk of adverse drug effects because the medications can often be provided in lower doses than an oral form of the drug.  

Types of inhalers

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