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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!
July 1, 2019
Frontline feedback can be used to identify risk and reduce possible errors in the future. This works best if the pharmacy encourages open discussion without the fear of embarrassment and has ultimately implemented a culture of safety.

For example, in a QA meeting, a technician comments that lack of counter space causes a "pile-up" of prescriptions, which she feels could result in an error. In a strong culture, the technician and the comment are treated respectfully and results in a team discussion leading to improvements.

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


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

Access the APMS Brochure here: APMS PQC+ Brochure

APMS is a federally listed Patient Safety Organization (PSO). More info here: APMS Membership Flyer