Category Archives: Medication Safety

Accuracy of preparation of i.v. medication syringes for anesthesiology [article]

Here’s an interesting article from the January issue of AJHP that talks about the accuracy of medication syringes used in surgical procedures. Some of the findings are a bit unnerving: “18% of preparations deviated from the declared dose by ±20%, … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Excessive acetaminophen dosing in hospitals more common than you might think

Archives of Internal Medicine: “A total of 14 411 patients (60.7%) were exposed to acetaminophen, of whom 955 (6.6%) exceeded the 4 g per day maximum recommended dose. In addition, 22.3% of patients who were 65 years or older and … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Leave a comment

Combination lock to prevent blood transfusion errors? Why not

medGadget: “Typenex Medical, a Chicago, Illinois company, has created a solution that pretty much eliminates the possibility for errors. The system utilizes a combination lock on the blood bag that will only open using a code printed on the patient’s … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged | Leave a comment

More on the meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injection

Things just keep getting worse: death toll rose to 14 and people affected was up to 172 in 11 states as of this afternoon. It’s difficult to find accurate information on the exact cause of the meningitis, but it appears … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Outsourcing sterile product preparation and the importance of quality assurance

I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent meningitis outbreak tied to a contaminated batch of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. The story has received significant attention as more that 100 people have been sickened and as many as eight have died as a result … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

A trip to IHOP and more thoughts on color

A trip to the local IHOP (@IHOP) this morning for breakfast with my family reminded me of something I saw a couple a weeks ago and this post about the use of color in pharmacy labels. It’s a big of a stretch, … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Forcing re-entry of patient ID cuts wrong-patient errors

You know how websites make you double enter your email address and password when you sign up for a service? Well, apparently that’s not a bad system for making sure you have the right patient during order entry. You’d think … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Prenteral nutrition error [from #ISMP]

From the latest ISMP Medication Safety Alert!, a mix up between an adult parenteral nutrition (PN) template in an electronic health record (#EHR) and one for pediatrics. The big difference between these two is how you order electrolytes; it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Warning labels on outpatient prescription vials not so great after all

Everyone has seen them, I know you have. Those little colored labels that the pharmacy slaps on your bottle when you get a prescription: “May cause drowsiness”, “Avoid excess sun”, “Do not take aspirin products without doctor approval” and so … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Article: The costs of adverse drug events in community hospitals

The article below appeared in the March 2012 edition of Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety – yes, that’s a real journal. I couldn’t make this stuff up – Anyway, there’s nothing new here, we all know that ADEs are … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment