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
Mark your calendar for the next MSOS Member Briefings on June 15, 2017 from 1-2 pm EDT.
The first MSOS Member Briefings webinar on March 15th was a huge success based on the feedback we received from the over 140 members who participated. A handout of the slides can be found at: www.ismp.org/docs/MSOS-Briefings-Slides.pdf. Future MSOS Member Briefings webinars will allow participants to download a copy of the slides directly from the webinar software.
If you have a medication safety project at your organization that you would like to share with the group by giving a presentation on the MSOS Member Briefings, please contact Darryl Rich at email@example.com.
The ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Antithrombotic Therapy has been updated and now includes safety strategies for some of the newer oral anticoagulants. Healthcare organizations can use the assessment to evaluate their current systems related to the use of antithrombotic agents, proactively identify potential improvement areas, and track their efforts over time. To access the revised antithrombotic self assessment, go to: http://www.ismp.org/selfassessments/Antithrombotic/2017.
Are you a nurse, or know a nurse executive interested in medication safety? ISMP will be conducting a free breakfast symposium at the American Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Meeting (AONE 2017) entitled Changing the Safety Paradigm on IV Medication Use: Recognizing the Risk and Taking Action at the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 7:00-8:00am. Continuing education credit will be provided. For more information and to register, see: www.proce.com/AONE17
The Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS) is pleased to announce a new educational benefit just for MSOS members – MSOS Member Briefings. Starting in March, the MSOS will provide free quarterly 1 hour webinars for MSOS members. Participants will hear short medication safety-related presentations from invited speakers on different topics and MSOS members focusing on what they have done at their organization to address a specific medication safety issue. These calls will also include a brief ISMP update on safety issues, and an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
Moderated by E. Robert Feroli, these webinars will not include CE credit, but are specifically designed to share ideas and experiences to enhance the knowledge of MSOS members on a variety of current medication safety topics. MSOS members will receive an email approximately a month prior to each call to register for the MSOS Member Briefings; the first of which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 1 pm EST. Attendance is limited for these programs, so be sure to sign up early. Stay tuned and check your email for MSOS News to register for these in this worthwhile sessions.