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ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. April 25, 2019.
Newborns assigned temporary names are at increased risk for patient misidentification and wrong-patient errors. This newsletter article reports on the role of electronic health records in newborn misidentification and the unintended consequences associated with a Joint Commission set of recommendations to reduce risk.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 28, 2019;24.
Medication warnings inform providers and patients about risks associated with medication use. As with other safety strategies, applying a systems approach to medication warnings can help redirect actions and prevent patient harm. This article describes design, content, and language characteristics of successful medication safety warnings. In addition, specific design and user-centered considerations are included to improve the effectiveness of electronic alerting.
Cierniak KH, Gaunt MJ, Grissinger M. PA-PSRS. Patient Saf Advis. 2018;15(4).
The operating room environment harbors particular patient safety hazards. Drawing from 1137 perioperative medication error reports submitted over a 1-year period, this analysis found that more than half of the recorded incidents reached the patient and the majority of those stemmed from communication breakdowns during transitions or handoffs. The authors provide recommendations to reduce risks of error, including using barcode medication administration, standardizing handoff procedures, and stocking prefilled syringes.
Sederstrom J. Drug Topics. September 17, 2018.
Medication errors continue to be a worldwide patient safety challenge that requires both systems and individual practice strategies for improvement. This magazine article describes how pharmacists can address failures associated with processing, dosing, care transitions, and information sharing to prevent medication errors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 14, 2018,23:1-5. June 28, 2018;23:1-4,6,7.
Mistakes in the use of vaccines can have both individual and public health implications. The first article of this series reviews the results from an analysis of reports submitted to a national error reporting system to track vaccine-related errors. The second article offers recommendations to help immunization and vaccination programs address product-, knowledge-, and practice-related factors that contribute to process weaknesses, including training, storage, and labeling strategies.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. May 27, 2018.
Pediatric patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors. This news article reports on serious medication errors that occurred at Children's Hospital in 2017, the underlying system failures that contributed to the incidents, and challenges to implementing new policies meant to prevent similar errors.
Porter S. HealthLeaders Media. April 26, 2018.
Overreliance on technology can result in harmful medication mistakes. Reporting on a 10-fold medication overdose that led to the death of a patient with dementia, this news article describes how the hospital changed their processes to improve medication safety, which included restructuring medication safety leadership, modifying the electronic health record to address alert overrides, and enhancing information sharing to support learning and transparency.
Pharmacy Practice News. April 4, 2018.
Despite considerable effort, medication errors continue to occur and result in patient harm. Summarizing reports of medication mistakes submitted to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices for analysis, this news article describes types of problems, prevention strategies, and technologies that can reduce risks.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. December 9, 2017.
The prevalence of polypharmacy among older patients represents an important concern for health care safety, as unneeded medications can contribute to patient harm. This newspaper article reports on several strategies to reduce inappropriate medication use in older patients, including desprescribing and brown bag medication review.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. November 16, 2017;22:1-5.
Texting medication orders is convenient for providers, but there are concerns associated with safety and security risks. This newsletter article reviews the results of a national survey on the use of provider text messaging in health care. Participants reported problems such as misidentification of patients, autocorrection errors, and misunderstood abbreviations that can contribute to medication errors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 15, 2017;22:1-4.
Compounding pharmacies prepare medicines for patients that aren't available as commercial products. Reviewing a case involving a pediatric patient who died after receiving a compounded oral liquid suspension that contained the wrong medication, this newsletter article discusses weaknesses in compounding processes that contributed to the incident. Recommendations for pharmacies to reduce opportunities for error include independent double-checks and designated areas for compounding activities.
Straka M, Gaunt MJ, Grissinger M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. June 2017;14:55-63.
According to this analysis of more than 1000 reports of errors occurring in community pharmacies, more than half reached the patient. Common error types included wrong drug and wrong dose incidents. Counseling patients on their medications at the point of sale can improve the reliability of outpatient pharmacy practice.
Lawes S, Grissinger M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. March 2017;14:1-8.
The unintended consequences associated with health information technologies for medication management are well documented. Drawing from 889 medication error reports submitted over a 6-month period, this analysis found that more than half of the recorded incidents were associated with computerized provider order entry. Staff reporting of medication errors and near misses is key to identifying trends and consequently developing system improvements to reduce risks of such incidents.
Grissinger M. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. December 2016;13:137-148.
Drawing from reports of medication errors submitted over a 7-year period to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, this analysis found that common problems included drug incompatibility and drug–drug interaction. The article cautions against relying on drug ordering alerts as the sole strategy for preventing potentially harmful prescribing.
Furfaro H. Wall Street Journal. September 25, 2016.
Medication errors in pediatric care are common in the hospital and at home. This newspaper article reports on problems associated with medication safety among pediatric patients and highlights several tools both clinicians and parents can use to enhance safety when administering medicine to children, including dosage calculators and pictures depicting medication administration processes.
Gorman A. Kaiser Health News. August 30, 2016.
Older patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors, as they are often prescribed multiple medications for chronic conditions. This news article reports on complexities associated with managing medications in older patients, including how miscommunication between care team members and patient misunderstanding of postdischarge medication changes can increase risks and contribute to preventable harm. A recent WebM&M commentary discussed strategies to safely manage medications in older patients and highlighted the importance of medication reconciliation.
ISMP National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program: one in three vaccine errors associated with age-related factors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 28, 2016;21:1-6.
Vaccine errors can hinder immunization efforts in the United States. Summarizing nearly 4 years of data submitted to the ISMP Vaccine Errors Reporting Program, this newsletter article highlights age-related factors that surfaced in the analysis and recommends strategies for improvement such as patient education and age verification.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 16, 2016;21:1-6.
Neuromuscular blockers can result in serious harm if administered incorrectly. This newsletter article reports the types of errors associated with the use of these high-alert medications, such as look-alike and sound-alike problems that lead to the wrong drug being administered. Recommended strategies to reduce risks include use of standardized prescribing and smart pump technologies.
Hardwiring safety into the computer system: one hospital's actions to provide technology support for U-500 insulin.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 5, 2016;21:1-4.
Insulin is a high-alert drug, and its use is becoming more complex due to the insulin resistance in diabetic patients with obesity. This newsletter article describes the experience of one hospital system that worked to ensure safe insulin administration by implementing a strategy that combined single-use pens and health information technology.
Roe S, King K. Chicago Tribune. February 10–13, 2016.
Drug interactions can be hazardous to patients, particularly when combined with risk factors such as age and use of medications for chronic conditions. This series of news reports discusses the problem of drug interactions, including one patient's experience of severe harm and researchers' use of data mining to identify medication pairs linked to high-risk interactions. The series also includes a list of steps patients can take to reduce risk of harmful interactions between medicines they take.