Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Last updated: April 2012
How to cite this document:
How-to Guide: Prevent Harm from High-Alert Medications. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2012. (Available at www.ihi.org).
This How-to Guide describes key evidence-based care components for preventing harm from high-alert medications (specifically anticoagulants, narcotics and opiates, insulins, and sedatives), describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement. The guide was initially developed as part of IHI's
5 Million Lives Campaign.