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By John Krueger | Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
In this interview, Dr. John Krueger, faculty for IHI's Advancing Pain Management and Opioid Safety Expedition, draws on his years of experience to consider the complicated issue of pain from the perspective of both patients and care providers. He addresses some of the factors contributing to the opioid crisis and possible solutions.

 

Tag(s): Expedition, Patient Safety, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Medication Safety, Pain Management
By Jo Ann Endo | Monday, Feb 09, 2015
According to Anne Myrka, a drug safety pharmacist at IPRO (the CMS-designated Quality Improvement Organization for New York State), “If you want to do medication reconciliation correctly, you have to start with a medication management process.” (IPRO leads the Medicare-funded Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, or AQIN, which heads up quality improvement activities in New York, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia.) Ms. Myrka is also faculty for the IHI Expedition on Improving Medicatio ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Event (ADE), Medication Reconciliation, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Communication
By Frank Federico | Friday, Feb 06, 2015
Used appropriately, medications can change patients’ lives for the better. When not managed well, however, all medications can have unintended (and sometimes potentially dire) consequences. In this post, IHI Executive Director Frank Federico, RPh, warns of the risks of newer anticoagulants designed to help manage stroke and VTE. He is faculty for the IHI Patient Safety Executive Development Program and helped to develop the upcoming IHI Expedition on Improving Medication Safety from the Patient' ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Event (ADE)
By Frank Federico | Monday, Jan 05, 2015
Taking multiple medications is common for many and doing so safely is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important, particularly for the elderly. In this post, IHI Executive Director Frank Federico, RPh, suggests some simple tips for safely managing polypharmacy. At IHI, Frank works in the areas of patient safety and the application of reliability principles in health care. He is faculty for the IHI Patient Safety Executive Development Program and helped to develop the upcoming IHI Expedition ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, Medication Safety
By Frank Federico | Sunday, Feb 03, 2013
Drug shortages endanger patients by hindering access to needed pharmaceuticals. Drug shortages also force clinicians to substitute different medications. Such changes are fraught with danger for processes and systems designed to ensure patient safety.

 

Tag(s): Medication Safety, Patient Safety, Drugs & Therapeutics Committee
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