MSOS currently has a list of list of Resource Links for Medication Safety Officers under the Resources tab of our website (http://www.medsafetyofficer.org/content/resources). This list was developed to help new medication safety officers identify resources that they can utilize in their new position. Knowing how rapidly things change, we would appreciate your feedback! Let us know if any new links should be added or deleted. Please email your suggestions to Darryl Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than July 15, 2017. Thank you.
MSOS is looking for volunteer members to assist ISMP in updating two of its medication safety guidelines. Based on the prevalent use of computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and new automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) technology, the MSOS guidelines committee has recommended that ISMP update the ISMP Guidelines on Standard Order Sets (2010) and the ISMP Guidelines on Interdisciplinary Safe Use of Automated Dispensing Cabinets (2008). MSOS members who volunteer for a task force will be responsible for reviewing the current guidelines and participating in a couple of conference calls to discuss suggested edits (including additions and deletions). ISMP will review the recommended edits and issue an updated set of guidelines. If you are interested in being on one of these task forces, please send an email to Darryl Rich at email@example.com by no later than July 15, 2017 indicating which task force you would like to participate in. Thank you.
For years, insulin has been shown to be associated with more medication error-related harm than any other drug. The new ISMP Guidelines for Optimizing Safe Subcutaneous Insulin Use in Adults are designed to help healthcare practitioners prevent errors and improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. The guidelines, based on a multidisciplinary consensus conference of experts, provide recommendations for avoiding at-risk behaviors involving subcutaneous insulin across the entire continuum of care, including prescribing, preparation and administration, monitoring, and patient education. The document also addresses evolving practices, devices, and technology that aim to enhance the safety of insulin use, such as with concentrated insulin and insulin pen devices. For a copy, visit: https://www.ismp.org/Tools/guidelines/default.asp
Now accepting applications for new International Fellowship
Healthcare professionals seeking a long-term career in medication and patient safety at an international level can now apply for a new 2-year ISMP International Safe Medication Management Fellowship program, funded by a grant from Baxter International. The Fellow will work closely with ISMP staff as well as international organizations to enhance international communications about worldwide medication safety issues, share error prevention strategies, and promote error reporting. Applications for the 2017-2018 ISMP International Safe Medication Management Fellowship will be accepted through June 30. The Fellowship will begin on September 1, 2017. For details, please visit: www.ismp.org/profdevelopment/InternationalFellowship.aspx
ISMP releases second video newsletter
ISMP has just released the second in a series of “video newsletters” being produced in partnership with the Temple University School of Pharmacy. The videos feature short interviews with national medication safety experts, and provide a summary of top content from the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! The second video focuses on safety issues with measuring patient weights, steps to eliminate drug concentration confusion, and understanding PCA by proxy. To view the video newsletters, visit: www.2020visualmedia.com/ismp.
MSOS and ISMP are again collaborating sponsors of the ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative (MSC) at the ASHP 2017 Summer Meetings & Exhibition in Minneapolis, MN on June 3-7, 2017.
The Medication Safety Collaborative (MSC) is for interprofessional teams of clinicians and administrators who focus on quality and patient safety. The content focuses on innovative practices and solutions to optimize safety and quality outcomes. A faculty of distinguished interprofessional patient-safety experts will lead engaging and interactive sessions where attendees can earn more than 19 hours of CPE, CME, or Nursing CE, and also work collaboratively to envision a safer healthcare system and engage with their peers. Learn more about the education and events offered at the Collaborative, and register at www.medicationsafetycollaborative.org. A copy of the ASHP-MSC program brochure can be found at: www.ismp.org/docs/2017-SM-Program-Preview.pdf
Mark your calendars, we look forward to seeing you there.