APMS News & Updates

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Medication Safety Tips

Join us at the beginning of every month to see two new medication safety tips to share with your pharmacies!
May 31, 2019

To prevent drugs from being chosen off the shelf in error, the following systems should be in place:

a. Mandatory bar-code scanning

b. Separator walls on the shelf 

c. Use of tall-man lettering for the shelf labels 

d. Separate storage bins

e. "Un-alphabetical" storage for medications with similar prefixes 

f. Use of brand AND generic names on the shelf labels of "LASA" (look-alike-sound-alike) medications

For more information, or to get your Medication Safety Program started, go to medicationsafety.org/sigh-up.php or contact us at (866)365-7472!


The Independent double-check system is a hallmark of safe design. Implement a system that requires two technicians to independently verify correct data entry before the label can be printed. 


Encourage pharmacists to engage patients in their prescriptions. Encouraging patient counseling on high-alert medications and implementing procedures such as "open the bag" (review with the patient the contents of the bag at the point of sale) can help reduce risk. 

For more information, or to get your Medication Safety Program started, go to medicationsafety.org/sigh-up.php or contact us at (866)365-7472!


 


APMS Membership

What is APMS and what are the benefits of joining a Patient Safety Organization?
March 27, 2019