Medication Safety Alert! October 5, 2017
In this week's issue:
- Alarming Survey Results from CDC: Unsafe Injection Practices Continue
- Don't confuse the IV and subcutaneous forms of riTUXimab
- BICILLIN L-A syringe labeling
- USP <800> delayed
- Wrong patient errors in ambulatory pharmacies
To safely prepare and administer an injectable medication, practitioners must follow aseptic technique, avoid reuse of single-dose or single-use vials, use needles and syringes just once for only 1 patient, and never reenter a medication container with a used needle or syringe. However, the results of a recently published survey1 conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on injection practices in acute care, long-term care, and outpatient settings, revealed dangerous knowledge gaps, attitudes, and practices by physicians and nurses; this despite widespread media...