ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® Acute Care Edition

(ISSN: 1550-6312)

Mission Statement (Statement of Editorial Purpose)

Communication and education about medication errors is a priority for health professionals. This ongoing Medscape feature draws upon the resources of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a nonprofit agency that operates the national ISMP Medication Error Reporting Program (, widely recognized as one of the most timely and comprehensive medical alert systems in the world. Material is drawn from its biweekly publication, ISMP Medication Safety Alert!. These medication errors have occurred in healthcare facilities at least once. They will happen again – perhaps where you work. Through education and procedural safeguards, they can be avoided.

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© 2009 Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). Permission is granted to subscribers to reproduce material for internal communications. Other reproduction is prohibited without permission.

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Editors: Judy Smetzer, RN, BSN, FISMP; Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD; Russell Jenkins, MD.

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