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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.

MSOS Collaborates with ASHP on Medication Safety Collaborative

February 20, 2014 by admin

MSOS is again a collaborating oirganization (along with ISMP) to the ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative, being held in Las Vegas, NV on May 31-June 4, 2014.

The Medication Safety Collaborative is for multidisciplinary teams of health-system based clinicians and administrators who focus on quality and patient safety.

The purpose of the Collaborative is to be the premier educational event for hospital practitioners interested in improving quality and patient care. The Collaborative offers 4 days of interactive education and invaluable networking that will equip and inspire attendees to immediately implement what is learned into their practice. An assembled team of distinguished experts in their field will present thought provoking and actionable solutions to optimize safety and quality outcomes. Learn how to focus your priorities; advance your quality improvement activities by including patients and families in the process, and integrate Best Practices and new tools to deploy at every step.

NAN Alert Issued on Electronically Transmitted Medication History Information

February 19, 2014 by admin

ISMP issued a National Alert Network (NAN) Alert today, February 18, 2014, regarding potential inaccuracy of electronically transmitted medication history information used for medication reconciliation. A copy of the Alert can be found at:

MSOS Membership News Update

February 11, 2014 by admin

MSOS is working on a number of projects for 2014: Membership renewal, a new listserv platform, medication safety certification, committees and roles for active participation in MSOS, partnering with ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative in June 2014 including a membership meeting and separate social reception, elimination of the Fellow in MSOS program, and others. Here is an update on those projects.

Free Webinar on ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices

January 25, 2014 by admin

Don't forget to join the other 1000+ pre-registrants for the FREE ISMP webinar on the "2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices in Hospitals" to be given on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 1:30pm-3:00pm ET. For more information and registration, see

FAQ and Baseline Survey on ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices Available

January 23, 2014 by admin

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 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

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

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