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How To Meet USP <800> Labeling Requirements

It’s a common occurrence in health systems every day. Workers handle hazardous drugs (HD). In fact, more than 12 million doses of an HD are administered each year by nearly 8 million healthcare workers. What’s more, if the drugs are handled improperly, the workers put themselves and others at risk. That’s why it’s vital to design a process to avoid these dangers which is the purpose behind USP <800>. The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) developed requirements for hazardous drugs with intent to limit exposure to healthcare workers, patients, staff, family or visitors. And it goes into effect December 1, 2019.[...]

Hospital Emergency Management Planning

Are extreme weather events occurring more frequently? Stories about floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and other weather related events appear with increasing frequency in our news feeds. And, it’s not just hyperbole. The U.S. government’s national climate assessment found weather extremes are on the upswing. For example, very heavy precipitation events that cause flooding have increased significantly since 1991. Plus, Atlantic hurricane activity is escalating. In addition, these threats don’t just impact coastal regions, instead they affect most areas of the country. So as extreme conditions become the norm, the importance of hospital emergency management planning increases along with it. [...]

Why You Need Medication Instruction Labels

In many ways, for the millions of people who take a prescription drug, the directions on a medication label can feel like a foreign language. Take medication names; many are difficult to read and pronounce. Further, understanding the complexities of dosage, drug interactions and contraindications, even when medication instructions are well documented, is difficult. And, that problem worsens when they appear in small print on the prescription label. The fact is, an adverse drug effect is an all too common outcome for people who take prescription drugs. That’s why a medication instruction label is so valuable. It is the flashlight in a dark room that allows a patient to illuminate essential information reducing the potential for adverse drug effects. [...]

How To Use Labels To Meet Vaccine Storage Guidelines

Can you measure the cost impact of vaccines? Their value on our health and well-being is enormous. Vaccines help eradicate life-threatening preventable diseases, reduce the spread of viruses like the flu and save countless lives. In fact, the CDC estimates that for every dollar spent on childhood vaccinations, our country saves $10.90. Yet with these significant societal benefits, healthcare organizations frequently experience a different cost. They often incur avoidable expenses that impact their bottom line and damage patient satisfaction. It happens when vaccine storage guidelines aren’t met. But, simple process improvements can eliminate the issue. Here’s how to use labels to meet vaccine storage guidelines. [...]

How Flu Labels Reduce Outbreaks

It’s the same every season. Each year, from October to May, thousands of people get sick with an avoidable illness. Even with increased awareness and easy access to vaccinations, a high percentage of the population risk getting sick rather than taking steps to remain healthy. Yes, it’s flu season. And although you won’t convince everyone to get a vaccination, flu labels can provide a friendly social influence encouraging more people to get a flu shot and reduce the impact of the illness.[...]

How Medication Dispensing Labels Prevent Medical Errors In Veterinary Hospitals

Medical errors are a leading cause of mortality in human hospitals. But, do they present similar problems for veterinarians and animals? Although there are numerous studies in human medicine that evaluated the cause and severity of those errors, that same data is less available on the veterinary side. However, a recent study conducted at veterinary hospitals sheds light on medical errors and where they are likely to occur. What’s more, whether you are treating humans or animals, the study found that medication errors are the most common problem. And just as labels prevent medication errors in human hospitals, with effective use and placement, they can prevent medication errors in veterinary practices as well. [...]

Mistakes To Avoid In The Veterinary Operating Room

It’s easy to see how a mistake can happen in the veterinary operating room. Overbookings, distractions, interruptions, or just plain being tired all contribute to adverse outcomes. Although avoiding these challenges requires ongoing diligence, effective processes can eliminate other preventable errors and ensure better veterinary OR outcomes.[...]

Improving Patient Safety In the Surgical Environment

Surgical facilities provide life-saving healthcare. But, they also create life-threatening biohazard, chemical hazard and infection prevention challenges that threaten the safety of both patients and the clinical staff. Consequently, improving patient safety in the surgical environment is essential to effective patient care. [...]

Making Medication Dispensing More Effective With Labels

From annual exams to other routine care, when pets visit a veterinary practice, prescribing a medication isn’t always an outcome of the appointment. But, for a sick or injured animal, it is often an essential part of the treatment. And when medication dispensing in the veterinary office is required, so is effective labeling. It guides owners, helping to ensure their pet gets the right dosage at the right time. Plus, they alert the veterinary staff, preventing miscommunication and potentially damaging medication errors. [...]

Veterinary Telemedicine

When you don’t feel well, who wants to leave the comforts of their home to visit a doctor’s office? And, the convenience of consulting a healthcare professional from your home is one of the reasons telemedicine is a growing healthcare alternative to doctor visits. Although that trend is still emerging for veterinarians, pet owners value that same ease of access. So, if you offer that service today or plan to consider it in the future, connecting with the patient electronically isn’t the only consideration. There are medical record and medication labeling steps that remain an important part of the process.[...]

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