Welcome to the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Nurse Advise-ERR, a medication safety newsletter designed specifically to meet the needs of nurses who transcribe medication orders, administer medications, and monitor the effects of medications on patients. This monthly, two-four page newsletter will be offered FREE in 2016 to acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, community health clinics, surgical centers, and birthing centers, and to faculty at academic settings thanks to restricted grants from Baxter, Novartis, and Fresenius Kabi. Those who work in other settings can still purchase an individual subscription for $15 or a reduced-rate organizational subscription for $50. Regular features include detailed anonymous accounts of reported errors, checklists of evidence-based error reduction strategies, and short 'safety wires' that offer quick tips regarding safe medication practices. Free CEUs are available in July and January.

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July 2017

In this month's issue:

  • The texting debate: Beneficial means of communication or safety and security risk?
  • 20th Annual ISMP Cheers Awards (submit nominations -
  • Med wreck?
  • 25 sublingual nitroglycerin, all at once.
  • Baxter makes smart pump library guide available.
  • ISMP Survey on Texting Medical Orders ( - complete by August 31, 2017)

Special announcements:

  • ISMP webinars
    • July 27: 2017 Update on The Joint Commission Medication-Related Standards
    • September 12: Replacing Old Practices with New Paradigms: Adopting Safe Practices for IV Push Medications *FREE WEBINAR*
    • To register, please visit:
  • OE/ISMP Just Culture Certification Course
    • Join ISMP and Outcome Engenuity (OE) for a unique Medication Safety Focused Just Culture Certification Course on August 2-4 in Wilmington, DE (30 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport). Participants will explore the core concepts of a Just Culture and become an expert in the Just Culture Algorithm. Attend the 3-day course and leave with the confidence to work and lead in a Just Culture. CE credit is available for pharmacists and nurses.
    • For details and to register, visit:

Nurse Advise-ERR® is offered free in 2016 to nurses who work in US acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, community health clinics, surgical centers, and birthing centers; and faculty at academic settings to allow for free redistribution to students, thanks to educational grants from Baxter, Novartis, and Fresenius Kabi.

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