List of Confused Drug Names

ISMP’s List of Confused Drug Names contains look-alike and sound-alike (LASA) name pairs, of medications that have been published in the ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® and the ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® Community/Ambulatory Care Edition through February 28, 2019.”

This list can also be used when exploring high risk medications.

High Risk Medicines

“High risk medicines are those medicines that have a high risk of causing significant patient harm or death when used in error. Although errors may or may not be more common than with other medicines, the consequences of errors with these medicines can be more devastating. To assist in preventing errors, SA Health’s High Risk Medicines safety initiative has put together a set of safety tips for specific high risk medicines.”

ISMP List of High-Alert Medications in Acute Care Settings

ISMP List of High-Alert (High Risk) Medications in Acute Care Settings

“High-alert medications are drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when they are used in error. Although mistakes may or may not be more common with these drugs, the consequences of an error are clearly more devastating to patients. We hope you will use this list to determine which medications require special safeguards to reduce the risk of errors. This may include strategies such as standardizing the ordering, storage, preparation, and administration of these products; improving access to information about these drugs; limiting access to high alert medications; using auxiliary labels; employing clinical decision support and automated alerts; and using redundancies such as automated or independent double checks when necessary. (Note: manual independent double checks are not always the optimal error-reduction strategy and may not be practical for all of the medications on the list.)

“Based on error reports submitted to the ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program (ISMP MERP), reports of harmful errors in the literature, studies that identify the drugs most often involved in harmful errors, and input from practitioners and safety experts, ISMP created and periodically updates a list of potential high-alert medications. During June and July 2018, practitioners responded to an ISMP survey designed to identify which medications were most frequently considered high-alert medications. Further, to assure relevance and completeness, the clinical staff at ISMP and members of the ISMP advisory board were asked to review the potential list. This list of medications and medication categories reflects the collective thinking of all who provided input.”

Home Care Safety and Retention Series

Tina Hilmas, RN, BSN, MS, CPPS, Assistant Director, Center for Patient Safety, presented the first webinar in the Home Care Safety and Retention Series for ElevatingHome on Monday November, 12, 2018. In this first session, The Link Between Staff Retention and Culture, Tina presented statistics and projected data for home care personnel, described perceived versus stated reasons for turnover and its effect on quality of care, provided case examples of why culture is important, and presented how to evaluate your organization’s culture.

AHRQ – SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique and tools provide a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient’s condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism for framing any conversation requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. Free registration and login are required to download the tool.

Drug-related falls in older patients: implicated drugs, consequences, and possible prevention strategies

Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, aged 65 years and older. Furthermore, falls are an increasing public health problem because of ageing populations worldwide due to an increase in the number of older adults, and an increase in life expectancy.

NCOA. Falls Prevention Fact Sheet

This is the NCOA fact sheet on falls prevention. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging.
This fact sheet links to practical and effective strategies to adress falls.

CDC: Adult Falls

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. This Fact Sheet provides information on the serious and costly impact of falls.

Focus on Falls, Home Health Quality

Review of the 3 Step Medication Reconciliation Process

This PowerPoint explores the Medication Reconciliation process for home care. The process includes three basic steps which are outlined in further detail:

  • Verify – Collect an accurate medication list
  • Clarify – Clarify any questions about drug/dose/frequency
  • Reconcile – Communicate with physician about any identified medication questions or concerns

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PSO Case Law: Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105:

A recent Pennsylvania case shows how courts narrowly interpret the PSQIA, ignoring the D & A pathway and the clear language of the Final Rule. (Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105). The cour

Joint Commission New Sentinel Event Alert 61: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants:

The Center for Patient Safety wants to share this important harm-prevention advice from The Joint Commission and its Sentinel Event Alert: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants. The Joint Commis

CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Culture Can Improve the Control of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms:

Issue: A number of events reported co CPS’ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) demonstrate poor handoff communication about the patients’ infectious disease status Examples include: Patient with

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