Medication: ordering, transcription, administration, dispensing

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Improving Medication Safety in Community Pharmacy: Assessing Risk and Opportunities for Change 09/08/10

This manual is designed to help community pharmacy personnel identify potential medication safety risks and prevent errors. Pharmacists can use the materials and tools in this manual to pinpoint specific areas of weakness in their medication delivery systems and to provide a starting point for successful organizational improvements.

The goals of this manual are to:

  • Raise awareness of error-prone processes in the medication delivery system
  • Build awareness of risk...
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Guidance on the Interdisciplinary Safe Use of Automated Dispensing Cabinets 09/08/10

These guidelines are designed to help health professionals safely use automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) to store and dispense drugs near the point of care. The guidelines assist organizations in addressing the number and location of ADCs and related resources; ADC security, screen information, storage configuration and inventory control; and procedures in the case of a power loss or malfunction in making future resource decisions and strategic planning around the devices use.

Treating Congestive Heart Failure With Beta Blockers: What You Can Do To Make Yourself Feel Better 07/06/10

This brochure can help patients and their families understand congestive heart failure and current treatments, focusing on the use of a group of medications called beta blockers.

The brochure is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
    • Purpose of brochure
    • Tips to help you manage your congestive heart failure
  • Congestive heart failure
    • What is congestive heart failure?
    • Common causes
    • Signs and...
Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention 07/05/10

This pocket guide is derived from the guideline, Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, developed by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). It provides information for health care professionals on the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and is available in multiple languages.

This pocket guide addresses the following:

  • What is...
Think Like a Pancreas: A Guide to Managing Your Diabetes 06/28/10

Think Like a Pancreas is an educational Web site for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. This site contains information, tips, and quizzes on how diabetes and the pancreas interact.

Topics covered include:

  • Controlling sugars
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Staying healthy
  • Troubleshooting
  • Helpful sites
Patient Decision Aids 06/08/10

These decision aids for patients provide facts, options, and evidence to help them talk with their doctor when making a treatment decision. These tools are meant to serve as a complement to counseling from a health practitioner rather than as a replacement for it.

The Web site includes a searchable A to Z inventory of decision aids on particular health topics, as well as a general decision guide that can be used for any health or social decision. It also includes guides for...

Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) 06/08/10

The Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) is a computerized information database designed to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) postmarketing safety surveillance program for all approved drug and therapeutic biologic products. The FDA uses AERS to monitor for new adverse events and medication errors that might occur with these marketed products.

Reporting of adverse events from the point of care is voluntary in the United States. Health care professionals and...

Get Connected! Toolkit: Linking Older Adults With Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health Resources 05/27/10

The Get Connected! Toolkit was created to help aging service providers learn more about alcohol and medication misuse, and mental health problems in older adults to address these issues more effectively. It has been designed to help aging service providers undertake health promotion, advance prevention messages and education, and undertake screening and referral for mental health problems and the misuse of alcohol and medications. This toolkit helps coordinate these efforts and links...

Prediction Tools 04/28/10

These tools are a set of computerized calculators to help patients and physicians decide among the major treatment choices for several cancers. The tools can be used to predict the chance of overall survival or cancer spread or assess risk for followup treatments or cancer recurrence.

These tools are available for the following types of cancer:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gastric carcinoma...
Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work 11/16/09

This Web site educates pharmacists, health care providers, and the general public about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

This site includes the following information and resources:

  • Respiratory illnesses: When antibiotics are and aren’t needed for specific upper respiratory infections
  • A chart to know which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary
  • ...

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