Designing Reliable Practices for IV Push Medication Use: A Focus on Safe Administration
Intravenous (IV) medication are commonly used in both inpatient and outpatient environments. National survey results, nursing literature, and direct observation of nursing practice suggest significant variation in unit-based preparation of IV push medications and unsafe injection practices. While national emphasis has been placed on the improvement of IV infusion safety, it is equally important to assist nurses in the identification and management of the risks associated with preparation, management and administration of IV push medications.
Hear from nursing faculty as they describe these often-unrecognized risks, relate national survey results associated with IV push medication use, and discuss the current recommendations from the ISMP Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications. The faculty will also describe a gap analysis tool being used nationally to assess and improve the safety of current IV push practices.
Quality and Risk Management Leaders
Nursing and Pharmacy Managers and Administrators
Medication Safety and Patient Safety Officers
Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Recognize unsafe practices and at-risk behaviors associated with the preparation of IV push medications to adults
Identify unsafe practices and at-risk behaviors associated with the administration of IV push medications to adults
Discuss best practices and related error reduction strategies identified in ISMP’s Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications
Employ the proposed gap analysis tool to assess current organizational practice for IV push medication use, and define steps toward safer care
Dennis M. Killian, PharmD, PhD, Director of Pharmacy Services, Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Michelle Mandrack, MSN, RN, Director of Consulting Services, ISMP
Susan Paparella, MSN, RN, Vice President, ISMP
This activity is supported by Baxter.
No continuing education credits are available for this activity.