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ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 5, 2014;19:1-2,4-5.
Written numbers and letters that look alike can contribute to miscommunication in a variety of settings. This newsletter article provides examples of this issue in medication administration, discusses factors that increase risks, and recommends tactics to avoid confusion.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 22, 2014;19:1-2.
Errors occur frequently in vaccine administration when packaging instructions for diluents are unclear. This newsletter article offers recommendations for manufacturers and practitioners to reduce risks related to vaccines.
Recommendations for practitioners and manufacturers to address system-based causes of vaccine errors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. March 13, 2014;19:1-2,4-5.
Summarizing results from a national survey investigating vaccine administration errors, this article outlines recommendations to reduce risks associated with the use and packaging of vaccines. Tips include establishing protocols for commonly used vaccines, requiring periodic training for staff, and labeling prepared syringes.
Higgins J. Akron Beacon Journal. September 2, 2011.
This news article reports on a medication safety training program for staff in Ohio public schools.