7/16/2008

ASHP Summit Takes First Steps to Solve IV Medication Errors

Top experts in medication safety met this week for a summit that made the first steps toward a national strategy to prevent harm and death from intravenous medication errors.

ASHP’s IV Safety Summit gathered an elite group of healthcare practitioners, thought leaders and medication-safety experts from around the nation to achieve consensus on actions that bring about real and lasting improvements in the use of IV medications, protecting patients from harm and death due to errors.

The Summit was convened by several national healthcare organizations, including ASHP, the ASHP Foundation, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and the Joint Commission.

Findings from the Summit will be published quickly in an effort to speed the pace of change and prevent further unnecessary deaths and injuries.

For more information about ASHP’s IV Safety Summit, and a full listing of co-conveners and panel participants, visit www.ashp.org/iv-summit.


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