Medication Reconciliation in Daily Rounds in the NICU
There is a major thrust for patient safety nationwide. With an estimated 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events (ADEs) occurring annually in the United States, there is still a need for better error prevention systems (Institute of Medicine, 2007).
Sept. 26, 2011—AdverseEvents, Inc., Co-founder and President, Brian Overstreet, will today the launch of the AdverseEvents website—a first-of-its-kind online resource that delivers accurate, real-time information on adverse drug events. Healthcare professionals and patients will now have the ability to quantify and fully understand the scope of safety issues based on accurate rates of side effects by using AEI’s easy-to-use, fully searchable database.
Sept. 21, 2011—A recent issue of the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! promotes the use of true stories to improve patient safety by drawing attention to medication errors and inspiring and sustaining cultural change.
Aug. 15, 2011—PharMEDium Services, LLC, market leader for customized pharmacy sterile compounding for hospital intravenous and epidural therapies, launched its new website,www.pharmedium.com, which now provides updates on drug shortages, patient safety and ready-to-use pharmacy compounding services.
In Pursuit of a Patient-Centered VA Prescription Label
The patient-centered prescription label movement has roots in primary research studies by notable health literacy proponents (Davis et al., 2006; Davis et al., 2008; Shrank et al., 2007; Sharnk, Avorn et al., 2007). This foundational work paved the way for setting standards for prescription label formats, content, lexicon, and numeracy interpretation.
Portland, Oregon, June 7, 2011—AllMed Healthcare Management, an innovator in the development of web-based medical review workflow software, announced the launch of its online external peer review services for hospitals and ASCs through PeerPoint.
The “Other” Healthcare Reform Movement
While most mainstream media coverage in recent months has framed discussions of healthcare reform around issues of access and cost management, there is an equally critical type of healthcare reform evolving within hospitals that impacts nearly every patient—improving medication safety.
Measuring Up to Medication Safety
Medications are among the most common interventions used to improve health. So it should come as no surprise that adverse drug events—injuries caused by the use of medications—are a substantial source of preventable harm to hospitalized patients. Measuring the level of safety is fundamental to improvement.