This article appeared on the Associated Press website on June 27, 2018.
Posts in Opioids
This article distributed through California Healthline appeared on multiple media outlets in March 2018.
This article was published in the February 16, 2018 issue of Pharmacy Practice News.
This assessment offers hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient facilities a unique opportunity to assess the safety of systems and practices associated with up to 11 categories of high-alert medications.
Problem: Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) allows patients to manage their own pain by self-administering more frequent but smaller doses of an opioid. This mode of pain control requires several safety strategies including careful patient selection and patient, family, and staff education to avoid...
This tool provides strategies for healthcare practitioners to help prevent fatal HYDROmorphone-morphine mix-ups.
The latest edition of ISMP’s Quarter Watch™ (see Box below) provides an overview of drug safety issues reflected in adverse drug events reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first two quarters of 2015 (the latest data available for research). The report is based on combined...
PROBLEM: A 36-year-old hospital care aide (nursing assistant) who had been diverting discarded drugs died after self-administering what she likely thought might be an opioid but was actually a neuromuscular blocking agent. 1-3 The aide had found an unlabeled syringe containing a clear solution in a...
Learn about the latest trends in opioid therapy, as well as preventable errors that involve opioids and the latest safety considerations for these commonly-used agents.