Resource Library

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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Beyond Blame is a must-see for all who are responsible for patient care. The award-winning DVD introduces viewers to “Just Culture,” a way of thinking that fixes problems rather than assigning fault.
Video - Beyond Blame Documentary (DVD): $47.00
This poster recommends that healthcare practitioners label all syringes and sterile containers in patient care areas with the drug name, strength, and amount.
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
Quick reference guide to ISMP’s list of high-alert medications, documented drugs with look-alike-sound-alike risk, and error-prone abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations. **Sold in packs of 5**
Pocket Guide - Medication Safety Pocket Guide (pack of 5): $17.45
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