ISMP: Respond to consumers’ error concerns with empathy and honesty

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, an ECRI affiliate.  The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) receives frequent reports of medication errors directly from patients. While patients are understandably concerned about errors, the patients who report to us are usually more upset about the response (or lack of) from the […]

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ISMP Provides Safe Practice Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Mix-Ups

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an ECRI affiliate. Multiple mix-ups between the pediatric formulation (ages five through 11 years; orange cap and label border) and the formulation for individuals 12 years old or older of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine have been reported to the Institute […]

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ISMP Warns of Possible Confusion With InPen Insulin Pen Systems

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an ECRI affiliate. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has received a report from an outpatient pharmacy regarding a close call with a product called InPen a Bluetooth-connected “smart” insulin pen system for mealtime insulins that is prescribed with either insulin aspart […]

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Pharmacies Can Address These Two Hazards to Improve Safety Programs

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an ECRI affiliate. Every pharmacy should strive to continually improve their medication-use system and provide the safest, highest quality of care possible. To accomplish this, practice sites must assess their risks associated with the medication-use process by monitoring actual and potential medication errors […]

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