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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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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
A quick reference for appropriate antidotes. Features include antidote names, dosing, ADRs, and monitoring parameters. Wall Charts are shipped by a 3rd party supplier. Wall Charts are shipped on Thursdays only. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Wall Chart - Antidote: $19.95
This wall chart includes both generic/brand names, identification of first line ACLS drugs, mechanism of actions and uses, dosage/administration, adverse drug reactions, contraindications and special considerations for medications supplied in crash carts. Wall Charts are shipped by a 3rd party...
Wall Chart - Crash Cart Medications: $19.95
This chart includes look-alike and sound-alike name pairs. Use this resource to help determine which medications require safeguards to reduce the risk of errors. Both the US Food and Drug Administration-approved and the ISMP-recommended tall-man (mixed case) letters have been included. Wall Charts...
Wall Chart - Confused Drug Names: $24.95
EPINEPHrine is dosed by weight when used to treat an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, not by whether the patient is an adult or child. Thus, generic brands of the EPINEPHrine autoinjector do not use the abbreviation “Jr” for the 0.15 mg dosage strength (see Figure 1). The abbreviation “Jr” is...
Eighty-one percent of respondents (mostly nurses) to our 2018 survey reported that they have used a prefilled 0.9% sodium chloride (saline) flush syringe to reconstitute or dilute an IV push medication, particularly the 5 mL or 10 mL flush syringes. This unsafe practice has increased since our 2014...