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    Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Pharmacists

    We asked pharmacists from all over the country what resolutions pharmacists should make in 2018.

     

    Michael Cohen, RPh, FASHP, President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

    No one ever wants to be involved in a dispensing error, especially one that might hurt a patient, be it a child or adult. One of the most important ways to prevent medication errors is to learn from errors that have occurred elsewhere and use that information to identify potential risk points or practices within your pharmacy or organization to prevent similar errors. Instead, too many pharmacists activate prevention measures only after an error has already happened.

    Pharmacy leaders must identify reliable sources of information, establish a systematic way to review this information, assess the organization’s vulnerability to similar events, and determine a workable action plan to address any vulnerabilities.

    Appoint someone to be responsible for oversight of this activity. Identify reputable resources to learn about risks and errors that have occurred elsewhere. Establish a formal process for monthly review of these risks. Make it part of your quality improvement effort just as if it already happened at your location. Consider the expert recommendations made by these safety organizations. What changes are needed at your location to assure the event never happens in the first place? Decide, then implement those changes.

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