High Alert Medications
OASIS-C asks us if we have taught on high alert medications on admission and resumption of care. The chapter 3 instructions state, “High-risk medications are those identified by quality organizations (Institute for Safe Medication Practices, JCAHO, etc.) as having considerable potential for causing significant patient harm when they are used erroneously.”
The link below is the list from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices. It is the one we like best becaue it was originally designed for community pharmacies and doesn’t include medications only found in ICU’s and Operating rooms. If you know of another list that might be worth taking a look at, please forward!
As always, we welcome your comments below and your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.