Medication Safety Alert! September 8, 2016
In this week's issue:
- Understanding Human Over-Reliance on Technology
- ISMP survey (2016-2017 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals)
- An EPIPEN replacement idea that's likely to lead to dosing errors
- Vials with similar cap colors
- Your Reports at Work: Change to VistaPharm potassium chloride solution label
The implementation of information technology in medication use systems is widely accepted as a way to reduce adverse drug events by decreasing human error.1 Technology examples include computerized order entry systems, clinical decision support systems, robotic dispensing, profiled automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs), smart infusion pumps, and barcode scanning of medications during compounding, dispensing, ADC restocking, and administration. These technologies are meant to support human cognitive processes and, thus, have great potential to combat the shortcomings of manual medication systems...