Canada incorporates learning from incidents such as those described above into its self-assessment programs, to facilitate enhancement of medication-use systems.
Canada is an independent national not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of medication safety in all health care settings.
After identifying "at-risk" groups, ISMP
suggests increased monitoring, such as pulse oximetry and/or capnography, with continued assessment of vital signs and alertness (5).
As the nation's only not-for-profit organization of physicians, nurses and pharmacists dedicated exclusively to safe medication practices, ISMP
views Gold Standard's MEDcounselor modules as a valuable tool for empowering consumers to make informed medication decisions and becoming more engaged in their care," said Michael R.
found 173 serious events describing accidental injuries, including 77 cases of falls and 28 traffic accidents, and identified the potential causes of these events, such as dizziness or loss of consciousness.
represents more than 30 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process.
published a list of error-prone abbreviations that is more extensive than the Joint Commission's list.
I was very pleased that the author used appropriate abbreviations and introduced the readers to ISMP
and other groups that are working to make the medical profession safer.
The project builds on the work in 2002 of HRET, ISMP
and the American Hospital Association to develop Pathways for Medication Safety--a series of tools designed to help healthcare organizations reduce medical errors through practical steps.
has seen cases of misinterpreted abbreviations that have been typed in addition to those that were handwritten, he added.
To reduce the risk of errors, the ISMP
recommends the following:
Since 1999, the AHA and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP
) have been working to improve medication safety within hospitals, beginning with the national distribution of the ISMP
Medication Safety Self Assessment tool.