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MSOS members encouraged to comment on proposed revisions to ISMP's Sterile Compounding Guidelines

A subcommittee of the Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS) Guidelines Committee worked with ISMP staff to revise the ISMP Guidelines for Safe Preparation of Sterile Compounds that was originally published in 2013. We ask that MSOS members to please provide comments on the proposed revisions by April 10, 2016. To view the document and submit comments, please go to:

ISMP 2016-2017 Fellowship Applications Due March 31.

ISMP is now taking applications for its 2016-2017 ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship and ISMP/FDA Safe Medication Management Fellowship programs. Fellows are based in ISMP’s office in Horsham, PA, near Philadelphia, and over a course of 12 months help develop and implement interdisciplinary error-prevention strategies that focus on system analysis and effectively reduce the risk of medication errors. They also have the chance to collaborate on broad-base communication and education initiatives that reach healthcare professionals and the general public. The fellowships are open to U.S. citizens only. Please inform any interested parties. Applications for the 2016-2017 fellowships are due March 31, 2016. For more information, go to:

New ISMP 2016-2017 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals Released

ISMP released its new 2016-2017 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals.  There are 5 new best practices related to neuromuscular blockers, smart pumps, antidotes/reversal agents, sterile water bags and sterile compounding (BP 7-11). In addition, two of the 2014-2015 best practices related to oral methotrexate (BP 2) and metric weights (BP 3) have been revised for 2016-2017 based on feedback over the past two years.  The new document can be found on the ISMP website at If you see the old document, you need to refresh your browser. Any questions about the new TMSBP can be directed to

Results of our recent bed size survey

MSOS would like to thank those who responded to the recent survey we sent to members who listed their role as a full-time or part-time medication safety officers (MSOs).  The survey was intended to determine the bed size of the hospitals MSOs in which they work. 

Based on a response rate of 21%, there was roughly an equal percentage of MSO’s who categorized the bed size of their facility as 151-300 beds, 301-450 beds, 451-750 beds, over 750 beds, and at the hospital system level. A very small percentage of MSOs (4%) worked in hospitals of 150 beds or less. Based on this survey, most MSO’s who are members of MSOS work in hospitals above 150 beds, and the majority do so in a full-time capacity. 

Is your IP blocked?

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 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: 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,, 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

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: 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: . 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: The survey will be open until July 8, 2015. For a description of the 2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, visit: 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 Thanks.