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January 21, 2010

Get It All at Society’s Summer Meeting

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ASHP’S SUMMER MEETING, to be held June 6-9 in Tampa, Fla., will offer an exciting mix of continuing education, including sessions on H1N1, DNV accreditation, hazardous waste, and professional and ethical obligation. The Informatics Series returns with in-depth sessions on meaningful use with EHRs, organizational prioritization of solutions, and oncological applications. Clinical topics include a look at gram negative resistance, new hypertension and cholesterol guidelines, and controversies on thrombosis. Back by popular demand, special student programming returns. A unique leadership series offers insights into transforming medication safety as a strategic imperative. For more information, go to www.ashp.org/meetings.

More than 20,000 pharmacists, technicians, and industry representatives attended the 44th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Dec. 6-10. The meeting offered a host of educational and poster sessions and an Opening General Session featuring actor Dennis Quaid, who shared the story of how a medication error affected his family.

October 9, 2009

Dennis Quaid to Headline Midyear Opening Session

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WIDELY ACCLAIMED as one of the most charismatic actors of our time, Dennis Quaid is also an advocate for reducing medical errors. He will be giving the keynote address at the Midyear Clinical Meeting on Monday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., sharing his family’s experience with two near-fatal I.V. medication errors. Quaid’s keynote address is a must-see event. Check out ASHP’s Web site for more details.

June 1, 2008

Getting to the Root of IV Medication Errors

            In November 2007, an intravenous medication error that could have been fatal for the newborn twin daughters of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly occurred. Sadly, this event is only the latest in a series of recent errors that injured or killed a child. Part of the tragedy of these events is that we, as healthcare providers, continue to ignore the lessons that should have been learned.

            Even though several of these errors occurred with medications that have now been re-labeled, the contributory factors remain. Non-standardization; poorly designed, incomplete, or ambiguous labeling; unsafe storage practices; and inadequately trained or supervised personnel—all are part of a IV medication-use system that must be overhauled.

            The biomedical literature is replete with research on the causes of IV medication errors and successful preventive strategies, some of which have been used effectively. But this knowledge has not made a lasting, sustainable change in the way hospitals and health systems work; in packaging, labeling, and equipment design improvements; or in the creation of new mandatory regulatory or quality standards.

            So, ASHP is stepping into the gap to bring about fundamental, lasting change. Together with the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, we are calling together key players July 14–15 to an IV Safety Summit to study this issue in depth and seek new solutions.

            Panelists include nationally renowned experts like medication-safety advocate David Bates, M.D., with Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Carolyn Clancy, M.D., with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Gerald J. Dal Pan, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Safety for the FDA. Other participants include representatives from healthcare professional associations, industry, federal agencies, safety and quality oversight groups, and human factors experts.

            Together, we will examine current evidence on the causes of intravenous errors, such as clinical issues, human factors, process design, and technology, as well as effective error-prevention methods. Our goal is action that will create sustainable changes in our hospitals and health systems. It’s time to put an end to IV medication errors, once and for all.

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