Donations from individuals and organizations have made it possible for the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) to continue to build on its more than 30 years of experience in helping health professionals keep patients safe. Every donor is gratefully acknowledged, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Without the generosity of hundreds of individuals and organizations, ISMP would not be able to pursue its mission. Some of the many valuable ISMP contributions to medication safety that have been made possible by generous donors and volunteers include:
- Launching a continuous, voluntary, confidential medication error reporting system,
- Procuring changes in error-prone medication names, labels, and packages,
- Developing free self-assessment tools for healthcare facilities,
- Publishing four medication safety newsletters for medical professionals and consumers,
- Providing input into federal and state legislation and regulations related to patient safety.
As an independent ‘watchdog’ organization, ISMP receives no advertising revenue or government support and depends entirely on unrestricted educational grants, donations, and volunteer efforts to pursue its lifesaving work. It also offers many free services to the healthcare community as part of its charitable activities.
ISMP is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted entirely to safe medication use and the prevention of medication errors. As a broad-based and interdisciplinary organization, ISMP is known and respected worldwide for its impartial, timely, and accurate medication safety information. Through education and direct interaction, ISMP encourages the healthcare community to make changes that result in improved drug safety.