February 2004, Volume 34 Number 2 , p 17 - 17
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(2) February 2004 p 17 Put it in writing [MEDICATION ERRORS: PATIENT EDUCATION]
COHEN, MICHAEL R. RPH, DSC, FASHP
Michael R. Cohen is president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a nonprofit organization that derives its reports from the USP-ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program. To report medication errors, call the USP at 1-800-23-ERROR (233-7767). You can reach the ISMP at 215-947-7797 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When your patient leaves the health care setting, does the potential for medication errors go along? Of more than 250 nurses responding to a recent Institute for Safe Medication Practices survey, half indicated that they have no written information to give patients on safe medication use.
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