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A couple of our members have reported that when they tried to access our website, they got a message that their IP address was blocked.  If this happens to you, it is because your internet server IP has been nationally reported for spam or sharing a virus/malware.  If you experience this problem, please contact us at tech@medsafetyofficer.org and we will unblock you for our website– however, you also need to inform your IT department, as this problem may happen with other websites with security protocols.  

Guidelines for adult IV push medications

ISMP has just released Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications, which can be found at: www.ismp.org/sc?id=563. The guidelines are a compilation of safe practices that were developed as a result of a 2-day summit held in September 2014. The guidance statements in the document represent a consensus for safe practices associated with IV push medication preparation and administration to adults. Please take a moment to review the guidelines and share them with your colleagues.

Updated Resources Links

Thanks to the hard work of the Guidelines Committee, updated and new links to on-line resources for medication safety officers are now available. They can be found on the “Resources” page of the MSOS website at, http://www.medsafetyofficer.org/content/resources, or by selecting the “Resources” menu item at the top of the main webpage. If members have ideas for additional links to be added to this list, please send them to drich@ismp.org.

Follow-Up Survey for the Guidelines Committee

The MSOS Guidelines Committee reviewed a number of suggested new guidelines it received in our last survey in April 2015. We then consolidated them into a set of 19 medication safety guidelines to recommend to ISMP for future development. We are now requesting that MSOS members complete the following survey by no later than July 20, 2015 to help the Guidelines Committee by ranking the priority of the need for these proposed guidelines. This information will be used to submit a finalized and prioritized list to ISMP. The survey can be found at: https://surveys.ismp.org/s3/MSOS-Proposed-New-Guidelines. Thanks for you participation in this survey.

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 role includes that of a “Medication Safety Officer” in an acute care hospital to complete a very short TWO (2) question survey by no later than Friday, July 31, 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  role does NOT include 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. Thanks for your help.

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.

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