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Establishing an international baseline for medication safety in oncology: findings from the 2012 ISMP International Medication Safety Self Assessment for Oncology.
Greenall J, Shastay A, Vaida AJ, et al. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2015;21:26-35.
In 2012, more than 350 organizations from 13 countries participated in the initial Institute for Safe Medication Practices self-assessment for oncology. This study describes results from this baseline survey, which revealed key opportunities for improvements in the safe delivery of chemotherapy. For example, many institutions have still not followed best practices for the administration of vincristine. In addition, less than half of respondents had fully implemented safety processes for oral chemotherapy orders. A prior AHRQ WebM&M commentary describes a patient who inadvertently received the wrong chemotherapy regimen and explores the high risks associated with inpatient chemotherapy.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. November 14, 2013;18:1-4.
This newsletter article reports on concerns associated with chemotherapy preparations due to variations in concentration and recommends standardized preparation processes to address such risks.
Legislation/Regulation > Sentinel Event Alerts
The Joint Commission. Sentinel Event Alert. July 14, 2005;(34):1-3.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) issued this alert to bring attention to a rare but potentially severe administration error reported with the cancer drug vincristine. A previous editorial discusses similar errors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 17, 2014;19:1-4.
To illustrate hazards associated with dispensing more than one dose of certain medications, this newsletter article describes an incident involving an accidental overdose of self-administered oral chemotherapy which resulted in a patient's death. Recommendations to reduce the potential for errors include ensuring labels conform to FDA labeling practices, dispensing only single doses, and providing medication counseling and written instructions for patients.