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World Health Organization Takes on Medication Errors

Last week we celebrated Medication Safety Week, an event that was first recognized in 1999 by the Women’s Heart Foundation to bring to light the dangers of improper medication management. Over the last 18 years, we’ve seen progress made in…

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Resources for Improving Pharmacy Operations

As there are many types of pharmacies with varying staff sizes and budgets, it can be difficult to find relevant information to help you maximize operational capabilities. If the pharmacy is running smoothly and efficiently, pharmacists can take the time…

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News Corner: “Safety Matters” Blog Ensures Hospitals Learn From Their Mistakes

It’s no secret that medical errors are a growing concern in hospitals across the country. According to a recent study, they are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. While the ultimate goal is to reduce medication errors…

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News Corner: Lack of Initiative Minimizes Ability to Catch Medication Errors

A significant amount of time and money is spent in hospitals each year to implement technology to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. However, if the technology is not fully functional, facilities may not be benefiting as they had…

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How to Prevent Duplicate Medication Dispenses

Medication errors in hospitals is a serious and widespread issue that can have serious consequences for both the patient and the facility. One type of preventable error that occurs is when a patient is given duplicate medication due to being…

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Tackling Readmissions: The Role of Hospital Administrators in Reducing Readmissions

This is the fourth and final post in our series on reducing hospital readmissions. With high readmission rates causing concerns—and steep financial penalties—for hospitals all over the country, medical professionals are seeking ways to reduce and prevent the number of…

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Nursing our Nurses: Maintaining Nurse Well-Being for Better Patient Care

With long shifts, long lists, and many long hours being spent on their feet, it is no surprise that the medical profession is physically taxing. Up to this point, methods for maintaining the health and well-being of caregivers have focused…

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Hindering Human Error: Establishing Systems to Eliminate Drug Dispensing Errors

After ten years of tracking closed claims, the pharmacy underwriter group CNA and Health Care Providers Service organization, teamed up to publish a study which called for more systematic approaches to drug dispensing. According to the study, just over 75%…

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News Corner: Top Patient Safety Concerns for 2016

In the last five years, much progress was made in addressing top patient safety concerns in hospitals. Hospital-acquired condition rates have dropped along with patient deaths. However, despite numerous activities and campaigns seeking to eliminate, or largely limit, medical errors…

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New Study Shows Alarmingly High Rate of Medication Error in Surgeries

According to a new study published in Anesthesiology, almost half of today’s surgeries result in medication error. The study tracked more than 275 surgical procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)—a Harvard-affiliate institution and a national leader in patient safety—and is…

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