CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Medication Shortages

September 14, 2017    |   By: Tina Hilmas, RN, BSN, CPPS

Medication Shortages:

  • Adversely affect drug therapy
  • Can cause complications in medical procedures
  • Contribute to medication errors
  • Create frustration for providers & patients

ACTIONABLE ITEMS TO MITIGATE RISK

  • Validate details of shortage & check with suppliers
  • Determine stock on hand
  • Determine purchase history & true use
  • Estimate time until shortage impacts agency & length of shortage
  • Identify alternative drug and sources

THE CULTURE CONNECTION

  • Communicate with staff details regarding shortage:
    • Specific drug & effective date/length of shortage
    • Alternative drugs/concentrations
    • Temporary guidelines & processes
  • Utilize teamwork to identify susceptible patient population
  • Review the 5 “R’s” of medication administration (Right medication, Right dosage, Right route, Right patient, Right time)
  • Implement 2-person medication read-back or cross-check policy

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