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These resources are developed from ISMP's review of reports through its national error reporting programs, peer-reviewed articles in its publications, and/or consensus gathering summits on topics pertinent to specific errors  or hazards. ISMP offers a wide range of downloadable and easy to use resources. Many are free.

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It is uncommon to need more than 2 or 3 tablets, capsules, vials, ampules, etc. to prepare a single dose of medication. This poster alerts healthcare professionals to this fact and urges verifying with a pharmacist medication doses that seem to require more than 2 or 3 of anything.
Poster - More Than Two Could Be a Clue: $3.75
Crushing or splitting some oral medications may alter the intended effect and possibly result in patient harm. This poster provides a checklist of questions that healthcare practitioners should ask before they consider crushing or splitting medications.
Poster - Ask Before You Crush: $3.75
Healthcare practitioners should use the exact metric weight when writing drug orders. This poster discourages prescribing only by volume or dosage limit, which can be ambiguous, and provides a correct sample order.
Poster - Be Exact!: $3.75
Healthcare practitioners should always prepareliquid oral medications in oral syringes. This poster emphasizes that the tips on oral syringes make it more difficult or impossible to accidentally administer the oral medication intravenously.
Poster - Choose The Correct Syringe: $3.75
Verbal and telephone medication orders can be misheard, misunderstood, or mistranscribed. This poster gives healthcare practitioners a checklist for safe order communication.
Poster - Now Hear This!: $3.75
Counsels healthcare practitioners to always spell out drug names.
Poster - Never Abbreviate Drug Names: $3.75
This wall chart includes both generic/brand names, identification of first line ACLS drugs, mechanism of actions and uses, dosage/administration, adverse drug reactions, contraindications and special considerations for medications supplied in crash carts. Wall Charts are shipped by a 3rd party...
Wall Chart - Crash Cart Medications: $19.95
This chart includes look-alike and sound-alike name pairs. Use this resource to help determine which medications require safeguards to reduce the risk of errors. Both the US Food and Drug Administration-approved and the ISMP-recommended tall-man (mixed case) letters have been included. Wall Charts...
Wall Chart - Confused Drug Names: $24.95
A quick reference for appropriate antidotes. Features include antidote names, dosing, ADRs, and monitoring parameters. Wall Charts are shipped by a 3rd party supplier. Wall Charts are shipped on Thursdays only. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Wall Chart - Antidote: $19.95
EPINEPHrine is dosed by weight when used to treat an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, not by whether the patient is an adult or child. Thus, generic brands of the EPINEPHrine autoinjector do not use the abbreviation “Jr” for the 0.15 mg dosage strength (see Figure 1). The abbreviation “Jr” is...
Eighty-one percent of respondents (mostly nurses) to our 2018 survey reported that they have used a prefilled 0.9% sodium chloride (saline) flush syringe to reconstitute or dilute an IV push medication, particularly the 5 mL or 10 mL flush syringes. This unsafe practice has increased since our 2014...