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 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: http://www.ismp.org/nan/files/nan-20140218.pdf
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.
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 http://www.proce.com/bestpractices
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 email@example.com.
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.