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National Pharmacy Quality Organizations/Forums

Lauren Gashlin's picture



Are there any large, national, pharmacy quality forums or quality programs that exist for Pharmacy? The surgeons have NSQIP (National Surgery Quality Improvement Program) , the Children’s Hospitals have SPS (Solutions for Patient Safety), and there are many other similar groups for other disciplines. I have not heard of anything that exists for institutional pharmacy. Such an organization would allow the pooling of data across many organizations, but also effectively benchmark for individual institutions as part of their quality improvement processes.

BCMA of Saline Flushes?

Stacie Ethington's picture


Our organization recently shifted from saline syringes being dispensed/owned by pharmacy to them being stored in a pyxis and owned by med materials. Does your organization currently utilize BCMA when administering saline flushes? Prior to this conversion of ownership, we did, but this practice is now being challenged.

Share with your Anesthesiology Department: Opioid Safety Symposium at ASA

Opioids are still among the most frequent high-alert medications to cause patient harm, and anesthesia providers are in a key position to support improved understanding of the risks associated with the use of opioids. An ISMP symposium on opioid safety is being held at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting on October 22, 2017 in Boston, MA. Please encourage your anesthesiology department to attend--there will be discussion about current opioid medication safety challenges and the potential leadership role for anesthesiologists in error prevention. For more information or to register, go to:

23.4% Sodium Chloride and Heparin for Stroke Patients

Carol Labadie's picture


What is your policy for dispensing and/or storing 23.4% sodium chloride on nursing units? Do you stock in ADCs? Do you allow this to be on override status? Do you monitor overrides to ensure scheduled doses are being pulled by patient and not override? Do you identify in some way that this is a concentrated product? Do you have a policy for heparin use in patients with delayed neurological deficit? Do you have an order set for heparin in DND?