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Whether you have experienced a medication error in your organization or you are proactively implementing prevention strategies, you are not alone. Thousands of organizations worldwide have relied on ISMP's resources for institutional change to reduce errors on a daily basis. 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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Hyperkalemia is a serious, potentially lethal electrolyte disturbance that requires medical treatment without delay if it is severe enough to cause disturbances in cardiac conduction. Although hyperkalemia treatment guidelines in the literature vary, 1 many organizations begin treatment with the...
An exhaustive account of frustrations, difficulties, misspent resources, and safety concerns came across loud and clear from respondents who participated in our August through October 2017 national survey on drug shortages. 1 Most respondents to the survey confirmed that drug shortages during the 6...
In June through August 2017, we invited readers of our acute care, community/ambulatory care, long-term care, and nursing newsletters to complete an online survey about the texting of medical orders in healthcare. We sincerely thank the 778 respondents who completed the survey, which included nurses...
ISMP has recently received several reports about barcode scanning difficulties with products that could previously be scanned without problems. One issue is that the linear barcode on the FLOVENT HFA (fluticasone) inhaler was recently repositioned in a horizontal orientation around the circumference...
To safely prepare and administer an injectable medication, practitioners must follow aseptic technique, avoid reuse of single-dose or single-use vials, use needles and syringes just once for only 1 patient, and never reenter a medication container with a used needle or syringe. However, the results...