Acute Care Volume 24, Issue 8

Medication Safety Alert! April 25, 2019

In this week's issue:

  • What’s in a Name? Newborn Naming Conventions and Wrong-Patient Errors
  • Intravenous (IV) route added to Par Pharmaceutical’s EPINEPHrine injection vials, but…
  • Alvogen container labeling issues
  • Critical Alvogen recall announced
  • Compounded topical pain creams to be examined
  • National Nurses Week: May 6-12, 2019
  • ISMP Survey on Newborn Naming Conventions
Featured article

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4 million infants are born in the US each year, including approximately 132,000 multiple births.1 Unique characteristics of this newborn population pose significant challenges regarding accurate patient identification, which has led to wrong-patient errors.2-7 Unlike most older children and adults, newborns cannot speak and thus cannot participate in the patient identification process.2-4 Also, it is often difficult to distinguish one infant from another based on physical appearance or sex.5-7 Furthermore, hospitalized...

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