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It’s crucial for pharmacists to be aware of medications associated with high risk for error and harm to patients, and to look for best ways to implement practices for improving safety and patient care.
Today’s patients are more educated, are very interested in knowing and understanding their medications,
and are aware that mistakes, although infrequently serious, can happen. Recently, a national survey was carried out in the United States, by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, to determine patient’s top concerns upon entering a hospital. Results of the survey revealed that 61% of the respondents were "very concerned" about "being given the wrong medicine".
ISMP Independent Double Checks
June 13, 2013
ISMP Top Medication Safety
Issues of 2016
are Good for Safety
Medical Errors and Diabetes Care
(Patient involvement in their own care.)
How Insulin and Glucogon work in the Body
In 2014, almost 93 years after the scientists’ gesture of goodwill, insulin was a $24 billion global industry—and it’s expanding fast. According to a report from P&S Market Research, by 2020 the global insulin market will top $48 billion...
Insulin and glucagon are hormones that help regulate the levels of blood glucose, or sugar, in your body. Glucose, which comes from the food you eat, moves through your bloodstream to help fuel your body...
A manual independent double check of high-alert medications is a strategy that has been widely promoted in healthcare to help detect potentially harmful errors before they reach patients. However, independent double checks used as a risk reduction strategy have long been disputed as well as misused in healthcare.
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy February 2009, 66 (4) 389-397; Implementation and evaluation of electronic clinical decision support for compliance with pneumonia and heart failure quality indicators
Articles, research and reports.
If you’re being admitted to the hospital, you might want to write ‘Person With Diabetes’ across your forehead with a permanent marker...