Discover ISMP’s Guidelines and Best Practices for Ensuring Medication Safety
Senior Consultant, Pharmacy Consulting International
Ask any hospital pharmacist to list his or her number one priority, and they’re likely to say — “patient safety.” In my experience as a hospital safety consultant, I’ve discovered that – while many organizations have medication safety guidelines in place – implementing them consistently across the organization remains a challenge.
For example, we all know the importance of ensuring that syringes are labeled whenever medications are prepared but not immediately administered. Yet this important medication safety step often gets omitted due to immediate patient care needs.
I invite you to join me and Matthew Kelm, PharmD, on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm EST/10 am PST for the Omnicell Live webinar, “Medication Safety Perspectives: Best Practices in Hospital Pharmacies.” We’ll be sharing best practices and reviewing proven case studies to maximize medication safety and adhere to The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) guidelines.
During this live discussion, we’ll provide in-depth insights on ISMP's best practices for the following safety topics:
- Safely storing and dispensing neuromuscular blocking agents and reversal/rescue agents
- Innovative use of Automated Dispensing Cabinets to maximize safe practices and protocols
- Hospital governance and policies to manage high alert, high cost or low availability medications
- Proven case studies and examples for developing and managing ADC override policies and procedures
These medication safety best practices are directly derived from ISMP’s new consensus report, Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices in Hospitals. These standards were developed with the goal to “identify, inspire, and mobilize widespread, national adoption of best practices for specific medication safety issues that can cause fatal and harmful errors to patients”. The best practices outlined in this report are designed to be practical and simple to implement.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, it's more important than ever to reduce risk of error. These guidelines and tips will help increase your safety protocol success and ultimately improve your patient care.
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