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
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
Healthcare practitioners should use the exact metric weight when writing drug orders. This poster discourages prescribing only by volume or dosage limit, which can be ambiguous, and provides a correct sample order.
Poster - Be Exact!: $3.75
Healthcare practitioners should always prepare liquid oral medications in oral syringes. This poster emphasizes that the tips on oral syringes make it more difficult or impossible to accidentally administer the oral medication intravenously.
Poster - Choose The Correct Syringe: $3.75
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 chart defines the stability and compatibility of medications that are routinely present in critical care, and intensive care settings. 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 - Compatibility of Critical Care Admixtures: $24.95
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