Medication errors

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Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative 03/19/08

The goal of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative is to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm. This toolkit is designed to assist all types of organizations, whether caring for inpatients or outpatients or using an electronic medical record, a paper-based system, or both.

This toolkit is designed to help:

  • Make the case for prioritizing medication reconciliation as...
Check Your Medicines: Tips for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This one-page tip sheet provides five simple tips for safe medication use.

This tool provides the following tips:

  • Bring a list or a bag with ALL your medicines when you go to your doctor’s office, the pharmacy, or the hospital
  • Ask questions about your medicines
  • Make sure your medicine is what the doctor ordered
  • Ask how to use the medicine correctly
  • Ask about possible side effects
2005 ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment(r) for Antithrombotic Therapy in Hospitals 12/17/07

This tool is designed to help hospitals assess their medication safety practices surrounding the use of antithrombotic therapy. Many of the items included in the tool represent system improvements and safeguards that the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has recommended in response to the analysis of medication errors reported to the U.S. Pharmacopeia-ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program, problems identified during on-site consultations with hospitals, and guidelines in the...

Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide 12/17/07

This guide provides information about Web sites that sell medications, offers tips when purchasing medications online, and offers suggestions for consumers looking for a safe Web site. The guide is available as both a Web page and a brochure, in both English and Spanish.

Medication Calendar 12/17/07
This tool provides patients with an easy-to-understand list of medications that includes indications as well as dose, route, frequency, and specific timing recommendations. Medications and instructions can be typed out and provided to patients before discharge.
A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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Guidelines for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to patients on safe medication use. It outlines steps they should take at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and at home.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacy 12/17/07

This self assessment is a comprehensive tool designed to help health care providers and their staff assess the safety of medication practices in their pharmacy, identify opportunities for improvement, and compare their experience with the aggregate experiences of demographically similar community pharmacies around the Nation.

It is divided into the following 10 elements:

 

  • Patient information
  • Drug information
  • Communication of drug orders...
Your Role in Safe Medication Use: A Guide for Patients and Families 12/17/07

This guide presents ways patients can ensure safe medication use for themselves and their family.

Topics addressed in this guide include:

  • Receiving instructions for taking medications at the clinic, doctor’s office, and pharmacy
  • Taking medications at home
  • Taking medication in the hospital
  • Handling a hospital or retail pharmacy medication error
  • Teamwork pays off

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