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The Emergency Pharmacist Research Center: A Safety Measure in Emergency Medicine 03/19/08

These slide presentations and other related tools can assist hospitals, pharmacists, and emergency departments in their efforts to describe, justify, and implement new emergency pharmacist programs.

The slide presentations, which are accompanied by associated tools, include the following sections:

  • Justification
    • Provides a review of the literature that helps justify the need for an emergency pharmacist program
  • Role of the emergency pharmacist
      ...
Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide 03/19/08

This pharmacy health literacy tool was designed to capture perspectives of three critical audiences: objective auditors, pharmacy staff, and patients. The parts of the assessment are complementary and designed to form a comprehensive assessment.

Although the tool was designed to be used in outpatient pharmacies of large, urban public hospitals that primarily serve a minority population, it can be adapted for use in other pharmacy and non-pharmacy environments.

This...

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...
What Is an HIV/AIDS Clinical Trial? 12/17/07

This fact sheet provides information about participating in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial.

This fact sheet addressing the following topics:

  • What is an HIV/AIDS clinical trial?
  • What is a clinical trial protocol?
  • Benefits of participating in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial
  • Risks of participating in an HIV/AIDS clinical trial
  • What questions should I ask?
  • How do I find more information about HIV/AIDS clinical trials?
Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines 12/17/07

This 11-page brochure for consumers addresses the harmful effects of drinking while taking certain medicines.

This brochure includes the following sections:

  • Did you know
    • Medicines may have many ingredients
    • Some medicines contain alcohol
    • Alcohol affects women differently
    • Older people face greater risk
    • Timing is important
  • Commonly used medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter) that interact with alcohol
  • ...
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...

Clinical Pharmacology Educational Module 1: Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions: A Focus on Drug Interactions 12/17/07

This educational module addresses preventable adverse drug reactions (ADRs). It was developed based on a needs survey sent to all third-year medicine clerkship directors and all medicine residency program directors in the United States.

This module contains the following components:

  • Slide presentation
    • Sample case
    • ADR prevalence and incidence
    • Types of drug interactions
    • Drug metabolism
    • ADR reporting
    • Preventing drug...
Medicines In My Home 12/17/07

Medicines In My Home is an interactive educational program about the safe and effective use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. It includes materials geared to both students and adults.

This Web site is divided into four sections:

  • Teachers’ room
    • Course description and objectives
    • Teachers’ kit
      • Classroom lesson materials
        • Medicines in my home: Information for students on using OTC medicines safely
        • Classroom lesson on safe OTC...
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
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.

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