What size hospital do you work in?

MSOS has been asked by individuals for help in justification of creating a medication safety officer position in their hospitals. To help with this, we are asking our MSOS members whose formal primary role (full or part-time) is that of a “Medication Safety Officer” in an acute care hospital, to complete a very short TWO (2) question survey by no later than Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The survey can be found at the following link: https://surveys.ismp.org/s3/MSOS-Hospital-Bed-Size-Survey . The survey should not take more than 10 seconds to complete. Remember, if your primary role is NOT that of a Medication Safety Officer or you do NOT work in an acute care hospital, please do not complete this survey. We will post the results of the survey in our MSOS News on July 14th. Thanks for your help.

Members Wanted for Workgroup to Revise Smart Pump Guidelines

The workgroup on the revision of the ISMP Guidelines for the Safe Preparation of Sterile Compounds has finished its work, and ISMP is diligently undergoing the revision process for the guidelines using the workgroup’s input. You will be asked to comment on the proposed revisions shortly.

However, to keep the momentum going, we are now requesting MSOS members to volunteer to be part of a new workgroup to revise the ISMP Guidelines on Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps. These are the guidelines that the MSOS Guidelines Committee felt were most in need of revision next. If you are interested in participating in the revision of the ISMP guidelines on smart pumps, please send an email to drich@ismp.org by no later than July 1, 2015, expressing your interest along with a brief statement of your expertise with smart pumps.

To review a copy of the current guidelines, go to: www.ismp.org/Tools/guidelines/smartpumps. Volunteers will be notified of the workgroup committee selection after July 1st.

Final Survey about 2014-2015 Targeted Best Practices

ISMP is repeating, for the final time, a short survey to get a general sense of progress in the implementation of the 2014-15 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, before the 2016-2017 Best Practices are identified and released. We would appreciate your participation as a MSOS member regardless of whether you have or have not implemented any or all of the practices. You can take the survey by visiting: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMSBP2015. The survey will be open until July 8, 2015. For a description of the 2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, visit: www.ismp.org/sc?id=417. We sincerely appreciate your participation! Also, we would appreciate forwarding any ideas you have for the new 2016-2017 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals by sending them to drich@ismp.org. Thanks.

MSOS Meeting a Success!

We would like to thank all of those who attended the MSOS Membership Meeting and Reception at the 2015 ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative in Denver, CO this past week. We had a great attendance and there was a lot of discussion. At the meeting:
• Medication safety issues were brought up by members and attendees discussed solutions that work at their hospitals.
• Many attendees were surprised to learn that to receive an email of posts and replies from our discussion board (Forum), members have to subscribe to the Forum – it is not automatic.
• Finally, a new “Help Center” function (documents with screenshots to answer common website and forum issues) was presented. The link to the Help Center can be found on the bottom of the main website page.
We would like to thank ASHP for providing the meeting space. In addition, our reception was a success (see photo) as people networked and had fun.

Tell us about your educational needs

In an effort to learn more about the medication safety-related educational needs of MSOS members, the newly established MSOS Education Committee is seeking your input for upcoming educational program topics. In addition, the committee would also like to know more about your preferred format for receiving the education.

Please consider providing feedback by completing the educational needs survey, which can be found at: https://surveys.ismp.org/s3/MSOS-Educational-Needs-Survey.

Are you subscribed to the MSOS member Forum?

If you are a MSOS member and have not been receiving emails for the MSOS discussion board ("Forum") on medication safety issues, it may be that you have not yet signed up to be a part of the MSOS Forum. To subscribe and receive emails on the discussion topics, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Log into MSOS website (www.medsafetyofficer.org) with your username and password.
  2. On the top main menu banner (far right side), click on “Forum”
  3. On the top left of the “MSOS Discussion Board”, click on the “Subscribe” button. (Note: If you are already subscribed, the button will say "Unsubscribe", rather than "Subscribe".)

We look forward to your participation on the Forum.

Medication-related Measures Survey

ISMP is working to publish a list of medication-related measures that can be used as part of a meaningful “dashboard” for senior leadership in healthcare organizations. Medication safety officers can help by taking a quick survey at: http://surveys.ismp.org/s3/Measurement-Matters-ISMP, which will provide ISMP with input on how data is currently being used to identify and monitor safe medication use.

The survey asks respondents to record up to five medication safety measures they collect related to three specific areas; if you are not the correct person within your organization to provide that information, please pass the survey link on to the appropriate staff member.

An announcement will be posted on www.medsafetyofficer.org when the final list of medication measures is available.

MSOS Committees Selected

MSOS is pleased to announce that members have been selected for its Education and Guideline Committees. We received a tremendous response to our request for volunteers for all MSOS committees, and feel fortunate to have members that represent disparate geographic areas as well as different facilities around the US. The Education Committee had its first call in March and the Guidelines Committee will have its first call in early April. For a list of the committee members, please see the “About Us” section of the MSOS website www.medsafetyofficer.org. 

MSOS Collaborating Partner of 2015 ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative

Once again, MSOS is a collaborating partner (along with ISMP) in the 2015 ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative, this year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO from June 6-10, 2015. This unique track is dedicated to medication safety, and is a “must” for all medication safety officers and those interested in medication safety. In fact, it is a meeting for the entire patient safety team. 

Similar to last year, MSOS will be having a membership business meeting on Sunday, June 7th from 12:30 to 1:30pm, in Room 110 of the Colorado Convention Center and a MSOS membership reception on Monday, June 8th from 5:30 pm to 6:30pm at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant (bar area) at 500 16th St., #150 (Denver Pavillions - a few blocks from the convention center). Free cocktails and hors d'oeuveres will be served., so mark your calendar and plan on being there.

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