Medication Safety Alert! November 5, 2015
In this week's issue:
- Key Vulnerabilities in the Surgical Environment: Container Mix-Ups and Syringe Swaps
- Warning: Don’t Confuse idaruCIZUmab With IDArubicin
- Confusing volume on vial (OBIZUR)
- U for units with insulin
- ISMP comment on nonproprietary naming of biologicals
Medication errors in the perioperative area received widespread media attention last week with the publication of an ahead-of-print article in the journal, Anesthesiology.1 The perioperative area is one of the most medication-intensive locations in a hospital, often with more medications, particularly high-alert medications, administered per patient when compared to other patient care units. Yet, this area of the hospital often operates with fewer medication safety strategies in place than most other patient care units. For example, the anesthesia provider often selects, prepares, labels, and...