The COVID-19 pandemic had changed the lives of almost every American in too many ways to count. Among those who have been the most impacted by the pandemic are medical workers, including pharmacists. Pharmacies have seen surges in volume as more people are more frequently visiting doctors and obtaining prescriptions for all types of health conditions. As the demand on pharmacists increases, so does the risk of a Maryland pharmacy error.
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices has released a list of tips that pharmacists should follow to decrease the risk of error during these challenging times. The tips are broken down into three categories:
Preventing Pharmacy Errors
When it comes to preventing Maryland medication errors, the Institute of Safe Medication Practices recommends pharmacists take the following steps:
- Keep certain IV infusions standardized to a single concentration or dose, when possible.
- Use visually identifiable premixed solutions for common infusions.
- When dispensing a nonstandard concentration or a paralyzing agent, be sure to clearly label these infusions.
- Implement frequent safety meetings and create processes for pharmacy members to double-check solutions before administering infusions.