Medication Safety

CSP error results in death of a patient

A 65-year-old woman died at St. Charles Medical Center in Oregon after being given an infusion of rocuronium instead of fosphenytoin. “The prescription was entered correctly into the electronic medical records system, and the pharmacy received the correct medication order, the AP reported. The IV bag was also labeled properly. After the pharmacy worker mistakenly […]

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Lexicomp’s new Drug ID mobile module

Lexicomp has a new Drug ID module for their suite of mobile applications. New Drug ID mobile module! Video shows fast & simple interface that IDs loose drugs based pill & capsule features. http://t.co/GCBvOoi6af— Lexicomp (@Lexi_Comp) October 13, 2014 Based on the Tweet I thought the new application would identify “loose drugs” with the camera […]

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Monitoring Pharmaceutical Products in Twitter [article]

There’s an interesting article in the April 2014 edition of Drug Safety that looks at English Twitter posts from November 2012 through May 2013 to see if there is any correlation between adverse event (AEs) reporting via Twitter and more “official” channels. The authors collected public Tweets, which were subsequently stored for analysis using Amazon […]

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Gema Kit – NFC-enabled medication compliance tracking for consumers

This is interesting, the use of NFC tags to track patient’s medication compliance. Makes sense when you consider the ubiquitous nature of NFC on mobile devices these days. MedCityNews: “[Gema Kit] features stickers embedded with sensors that link to a patient reporting website. These small circles go on pills, pill bottles or blister packs. The […]

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Fresh application of older healthcare technology

I came across an interesting article in the July issue of Pharmacy Practice News. The article describes some of the posters presented at the 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis. The technology covered is relatively old, and a little antiquated when you look at much of the technology floating around the world these days. Nonetheless, […]

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Saturday morning coffee [June 7 2013]: Fast & Furious 6, Peach Cobbler, PRISM, Pharmacy, MedPod

So much happens each and every week that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the tabs that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts…. The headline for SMC is a bit different today in case you haven’t noticed. I’ve taken the advice of a Twitter colleague, […]

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Saturday morning coffee [October 13 2012]

So much happens each and every week that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the tabs that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts…. The coffee mug to the right is from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tx. My family and I spent […]

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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 that most of the cases are related to either Aspergillus or Exserohilum. Fungal infections are […]

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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 of receiving an injection of the contaminated steroid (this data is already out of date […]

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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 we would have figured that out a while back, but then again this is healthcare […]

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