Resource Library

These resources are developed from ISMP's review of reports through its national error reporting programs, peer-reviewed articles in its publications, and/or consensus gathering summits on topics pertinent to specific errors  or hazards. ISMP offers a wide range of downloadable and easy to use resources. Many are free.

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Award-winning DVD introduces viewers to “Just Culture".
Video - Beyond Blame Documentary (DVD): $47.00
Commonly referred to as the "Do Not Crush" list, healthcare professionals are alerted about medications that should not be crushed.
Wall Chart - Oral Dosage Forms that Should Not be Crushed: $24.95
Verbal and telephone medication orders can be misheard, misunderstood, or mistranscribed. This poster gives healthcare practitioners a checklist for safe order communication.
Poster - Now Hear This!: $3.75
Counsels healthcare practitioners to always spell out drug names.
Poster - Never Abbreviate Drug Names: $3.75
Unlabeled syringes, basins, bowls, and cups can be dangerous.
Poster - Positive Identification: $3.75
This poster provides examples of medication orders with ambiguous or difficult-to-read abbreviations as well as how they should be written out.
Poster - You Can't Abbreviate Safety: $3.75
It is essential that healthcare practitioners place a zero in front of decimal points in drug dosages to help prevent ten-fold overdoses. This poster emphasizes that without the zero, the decimal point is often overlooked, and provides an example.
Poster - Caution! Zero Is Not Beside The Point: $3.75
This poster presents sample drug orders with "q.d." and "q.i.d." that show how those abbreviations can be confused, and emphasizes that they be spelled out for greater clarity.
Poster - Make It A Daily Habit: $3.75
It is uncommon to need more than 2 or 3 tablets, capsules, vials, ampules, etc. to prepare a single dose of medication. This poster alerts healthcare professionals to this fact and urges verifying with a pharmacist medication doses that seem to require more than 2 or 3 of anything.
Poster - More Than Two Could Be a Clue: $3.75
Crushing or splitting some oral medications may alter the intended effect and possibly result in patient harm. This poster provides a checklist of questions that healthcare practitioners should ask before they consider crushing or splitting medications.
Poster - Ask Before You Crush: $3.75