Newspaper/Magazine Article

Strengthen your resolve: no unlabeled containers anywhere, ever!

Institute for Safe Medication Practices; ISMP.

Despite the designation of proper labeling as a National Patient Safety Goal in 2006, the problem of unlabeled solutions and medications persists. This newsletter article outlines several incidents involving labeling issues that contributed to patient harm or death and provides strategies to reduce risks related to poor labeling practices, including ensuring labels are available in all settings that require them, using tall man lettering to differentiate look-alike drug names, and limiting access to solutions and medications.