Post date: 5 months 4 days ago

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our survey on the level of implementation of the two new 2020-2021 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices (TMSBPs) for Hospitals was put on hold. As crisis mode begins to diminish, we would appreciate your participation in this survey regardless of whether you have implemented the Best Practices.. The survey is available at: and will be open through July 17, 2020. Since we are only conducting the survey on the two new Best Practices, it should only take you about 5 minutes to complete. You can view all the TMSBPs by going to:

Post date: 5 months 4 weeks ago

Due to shortages of neuromuscular blocking agents needed for critically ill COVID-19 patients, the FDA has allowed temporary manufacture of these drugs without the usual statement: “Warning: Paralyzing Agent” on the vial cap. The lack of a warning statement may make vials look similar to other medications and lead to possible confusion and errors. For ISMP recommendations to avoid mix-ups and ensure safe storage, visit:

Post date: 6 months 11 hours ago

A single strategy, particularly one as weak as education alone, is rarely enough to change behaviors and prevent medication errors. Instead, numerous high-leverage risk-reduction strategies than improve system reliability must be layered together to create a more robust safety system. For more on education’s weaknesses as an intervention and a list of key ISMP strategies for improvement, see the latest ISMP newsletter featured article:

Post date: 6 months 3 weeks ago

Sign up now for the next MSOS Member Briefing webinar scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET.
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Short medication safety-related presentations for this webinar will include:

• Medication Safety in the Perioperative Area
Allison Hanson, PharmD, BCPS
2019-2020 ISMP International Medication Safety Management Fellow
Institute for Safe Medication Practices

• Training on Just Culture and Responding to Events Using a Decision Tree
Rabih Dabliz, PharmD, FISMP
Senior Manager, Quality & Medication Safety Services
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

• ISMP Update
Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), FASHP
Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Post date: 6 months 4 weeks ago

Please see this special alert posted by ISMP regarding inaccuracies in electronically generated medication histories. Read here: