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.
Do you know someone who is interested in a career in medication safety? ISMP offers two unique 12-month fellowship programs to help prepare healthcare professionals to lead the way in medication safety.
The ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship, sponsored by Baxter International Inc., educates a healthcare practitioner in error prevention and safe medication use methods at the ISMP office in Horsham (near Philadelphia), PA.
The FDA/ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship allows healthcare practitioners to spend 6 months at the ISMP office in Horsham (near Philadelphia), PA and 6 months at the US Food and Drug Administration's Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis office in Silver Spring, MD (near Washington DC).
Applications for both 2017-2018 fellowship programs are due March 31, 2017. If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please forward this information to them. For more information, visit: http://www.ismp.org/profdevelopment/default.asp
There are two recently revised sets of "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) for the ISMP 2016-2017 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, Best Practices 2 and 5. There are also three new set of FAQs for best practices 7, 9 and 10. These changes can be found on the ISMP website at: http://www.ismp.org/tools/bestpractices/faq.aspx.