ISMP Medication Safety Alert!®

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The articles listed below were featured as the main topic in the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care newsletter. Every two weeks a new article will be published highlighting important medication safety information. Related articles can be found in the full bi-weekly newsletter publication. You can access the full newsletter by going to the Publications and Alerts section of the website and searching by date for the corresponding newsletter issue.

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The 2018 Epic upgrade released last year has incorporated “fuzzy matching” (also referred to as “fuzzy logic”) into its new platform. Simply put, if you misspell a word (e.g., medications, other treatments such as lab tests) when entering orders, or a patient’s name when searching, fuzzy matching in Epic presents a list of what the system “thinks” you are searching for, which may not be an exact match. You must then select the correct medication, lab test, patient, or other intended word or name from on-screen listings of “near hits.” Seemingly, that would be helpful given that misspellings...