Medication Safety Officers Society

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MSOS Collaborating Partner of 2015 ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative

Once again, MSOS is a collaborating partner (along with ISMP) in the 2015 ASHP Medication Safety Collaborative, this year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO from June 6-10, 2015. This unique track is dedicated to medication safety, and is a “must” for all medication safety officers and those interested in medication safety. In fact, it is a meeting for the entire patient safety team. Similar to last year, MSOS will be having a membership business meeting on Sunday, June 7th  from 12:30 to 1:30pm, and a MSOS membership reception on Monday, June 8th from 5:30 pm to 6:30pm (locations to be announced), so mark your calendar and plan on being there.

2014 Drug Shortages Summit Results Released

The 2014 Drug Shortages Summit organized by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), and The Pew Charitable Trusts, recently released its results.  For a copy of the press release see: www.ismp.org/pressroom/PR20150205.pdf.  For a copy of the summit findings see: www.ashp.org/DocLibrary/Policy/DrugShortages/2014-Drug-Shortages-Summit.pdf 

Comment on draft IV Push Best Practices

A draft set of best practices to facilitate safe administration of IV push medications has been posted on www.ismp.org for public review, and we need your input. Deadline for public comment is February 20, 2015. The best practices were generated from a national summit held by ISMP in the fall of 2014 and sponsored by BD. Participants identified risks involved with IV push medications and developed recommendations to simplify and standardize preparation and administration. The final document will be made available for download from ISMP’s website. To view and comment, visit: http://www.ismp.org/tools/guidelines/ivsummitpush.

Welcome new Advisory Board members:

We wish to welcome our new Advisory Board members for MSOS:

  • Kelly Besco, PharmD.  Medication Safety Coordinator, OhioHealth Pharmacy Services, Columbus OH
  • Sean O’Neil, PharmD; Medication Safety Officer, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
  • Joanne Peterson, RN; Medication Safety Specialist, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Elizabeth Rebo, PharmD. Medication Safety Officer, WellStar Health System, Marietta GA

They join existing members E. Robert Feroli, PharmD; Christian Hartman, PharmD; and Jaculin DeYoung, PharmD. We wish to thank leaving members Barbara Olson RN and Gary Ostrowski, PharmD for their long years of service to the Board.

 

The mission of the Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS) is to advance and encourage excellence in safe medication use by providing communication, leadership, direction, and education among its members.

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