Medication Safety in Community Pharmacies and Outpatient Settings
Three new online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors. • High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of the impact of community pharmacies that counseled consumers who picked up prescriptions for certain high-alert medications including warfarin, fentanyl patches, and more.
• Assessing Barcode Verification System Readiness in Community Pharmacies is a free tool that helps community pharmacies assess their readiness and prepare for future implementation of a barcode product verification system.
• High-Alert Medication Modeling and Error-Reduction Scorecards [HAMMERS™] is a free tool designed to help community pharmacies identify their unique set of system and behavioral risks associated with dispensing certain high-alert medications and use a series of scorecards to estimate how often prescribing and dispensing errors reach patients and how the frequency will change if certain interventions are implemented.