The mission of the Medication Safety Officer Society (MSOS) is to advance and encourage excellence in safe medication use by providing communication, leadership, direction, and education among its members.
ISMP has released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for its 2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, specifically addressing:
• Extravasation with vinCRIStine minibags
• Stability of vinCRIStine in minibags
• Availability of oral syringes and cups displaying metric measures only
• Use of glacial acetic acid in laboratories and research areas
Regular updates to the FAQ are planned. The FAQ can be found at http://www.ismp.org/Tools/BestPractices/FAQ.asp. In addition, ISMP is requesting submission of policies, forms, and other tools related to the best practices so they can be shared on their ISMP website with others. Questions and tools regarding the 2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, ISMP is asking organizations to participate in a baseline survey of the status of the best practices at their hospital. MSOS members are encourage to participate in the survey, by going to www.surveymonkey.com/s/ISMPTargets.
When MSOS was originally formed as ASMSO, it only required an email address to join. Now that we are a growing organization, we would like to have more information about our members. As a result, we created a new membership form today and are asking all members to update their membership information by March 31, 2014. Membership will remain free. After that date, individuals who have not updated their information will have to rejoin in order to use our listserv, obtain non-public information on our website and access to ISMP services. For information on how to update your membership information see below.
Certain medication errors that cause harm or are fatal to patients continue to recur despite repeated warnings by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). In response, ISMP has launched its 2014-15 Targeted Medication Safety Practices for Hospitals to identify, inspire, and mobilize widespread national action to address these recurring problems.
We want to thank all of the MSOS members who attended the MSOS reception at the ASHP Midyear in Orlando FL. We especially want to thank CompleteRx and Wolters Kluwer for their financial support of this event. We look forward to seeing MSOS members at the next reception at the ASHP Annual Meeting and Medication Safety Collaborative in Las Vegas in June 2014.
There will be a wide variety of opportunities to meet and learn from ISMP staff at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. In addition to an exhibit booth (#1352), click on "read more" below for a list of ISMP activities immediately before and during the Midyear.