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Ostrom CM. Seattle Times. June 22, 2006:B1.
This article reports on a Washington state law that prevents pharmacists from accepting prescriptions that are handwritten unless they are very clearly printed.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 19, 2005;10:1-2.
A survey of 1572 nurses, pharmacists, and physicians revealed that blame, shame, and fear of punishment still affect the reporting behaviors of practitioners.
Journal Article > Commentary
Steinbrook R. N Engl J Med. 2008;359:115-117.
This perspective discusses the proliferation of electronic vs. paper-based prescriptions, as well as how this new technology can improve efficiency, decrease errors, and potentially reduce costs.
VA Health Care: Steps Taken to Improve Practitioner Screening, but Facility Compliance with Screening Requirements is Poor.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; May 2006. Publication GAO-06-544.
This investigation determined that the U.S. Veterans Administration has taken steps to improve the reliability of their practitioner licensure and certification screening processes for employees and new hires but found that some weaknesses still exist.
PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. December 2005;2:29-31.
Using reports submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, this advisory cautions against using unlabeled clear liquids and provides risk reduction strategies.
Glabman M. Trustee. October 2005;58:29-32.
This article discusses several strategies implemented by hospitals to improve the legibility of physicians' medication orders.
Journal Article > Commentary
Friedman MM. Home Healthc Nurse. 2005;23:243-253.
This article reviews the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) for 2005 on look-alike/sound-alike medications and makes suggestions for implementation in home care and hospice organizations.
Journal Article > Study
Fialová D, Topinková E, Gambassi G, et al. JAMA 2005;293:1348-1358.
This retrospective cross-sectional study of nearly 3000 elderly patients aimed to estimate the prevalence of inappropriate medication use. Investigators studied participants from several European cities and found that nearly 20% used at least one inappropriate medication. Discussion includes a detailed table comparing three different criteria systems for identifying inappropriate medications in the elderly as well as comparisons of the findings in this study with those in the United States. The authors also describe noted regional differences within European cities and report a number of factors associated with inappropriate use, including poor economic situation, polypharmacy, and depression. They authors call for greater regulatory measures and uniformity within the European Union to improve prescribing habits for the elderly.