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ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals #1 – Dispensing vinca alkaloids in a minibag and not in a syringe

Broadcast Date: August 6, 2021


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ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals #1 is to dispense vinCRIStine and other vinca alkaloids in a minibag of a compatible solution and not in a syringe. This best practice is to prevent intrathecal infusion, which can be lethal. Learn how one health system implemented this best practice.


Georganne VandykeGeorganne Vandyke RPh, BCPS, works as an infusion center pharmacist at Denver Health Outpatient Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Georganne is involved in both clinical and operational areas of this practice and working closely with the informatics team to promote safe ordering, dispensing and administration of parenteral therapeutic agents. She is a 1997 graduate of Rutgers School of Pharmacy in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Hannah van OchtenHannah van Ochten is a current PGY1 pharmacy resident at Denver Health and a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.


The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.