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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 4 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 How Safe Are Your Medication Practices? Reduce the risk of errors by reinforcing these 6 practice improvements. D rug-related adverse events continue to occur because the surgical setting can be a high- intensity, high-stress environ- ment where basic precautions are sometimes ignored or for- gotten. Protect your patients from harm by following these 6 safe practices. Smart storage Standardize how you organize medications in storage areas and anesthesia carts. Make drug identification easier by color-coding the various types of agents, making sure labels' sizes, positions and font styles are consistently applied, and use barcodes on syringes, solu- tions and containers. Storing medications in a standardized tray on the anesthesia cart lets providers easily find needed drugs and reduces the likelihood that they'll choose the wrong agent. Label look- alike and sound-alike drugs with warnings for staff to double-check that they've selected the intended agent. It also helps to capitalize the unique differentiating syllable of each medication to draw attention to the difference (EPINephrine vs. NORepinephrine, for example). Consistent labeling The regulatory requirements for labeling medications drawn into syringes are commonly designed for a multi-person pathway that's typi- 1 2 Safety Jerry A. Cohen, MD • END RESULT Many preventable factors contribute to accidentally administering the wrong drug. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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