Stock Simulated Medication, Not Sweets

Using candy as a stand-in for simulated medication in educational scenarios is risky and unprofessional. It puts patients at risk if healthcare professionals don’t recognize and understand the importance of their actions. If a simulation scenario is too casual, that attitude can carry over to real-life situations. Using candy as simulated medicine, or even referring Read More

Prevent Eye Injuries by Teaching Proper Protection

According to the 109-year-old eye advocacy group, Prevent Blindness®, there are around 2,000 work-related eye injuries every day. Of those injuries, 90 percent could be lessened or prevented with proper eye protection. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Healthcare professionals are particularly susceptible to eye damage. Consider the following tips based on your role. Eye Read More

The Joint Commission Launches Medication Compounding Certification

In 2012, a multistate meningitis outbreak was traced to a contaminated compounded medication. In order to ensure patient safety and raise the quality of compounded medications, many boards of pharmacy decided to enhance and strengthen compounding regulations. To support healthcare organizations in complying with these requirements, the Joint Commission has developed a new Medication Compounding Read More

Simulation, Pharm Tech, and the Millennial Patient

Millennials, defined as the generation born between 1979 and 1998, now outnumber Baby Boomers as the largest generation in America. (Poor Gen X’ers aren’t even close.) Millennials have a different approach to healthcare than Boomers, which is hardly surprising. They are more skeptical of medical authority, less likely to have insurance, and are pessimistic about Read More

Medication Management Solutions for Instructors

One challenge in simulation is teaching medication management, dosing information, and administration. In the past, instructors had to search out expired medication and buy oranges in bulk (oranges being the stand-ins for injectable flesh). But let’s face it, expired meds are dangerous to use in simulation. And oranges are for eating, not injecting. Instead of Read More

Improving Patient Safety by Changing Labels

While epinephrine has been in the news lately because of the skyrocketing costs of the EpiPen®, a lesser known problem with the administration of this life-saving medication is ratio expressions. Many life-saving resuscitation drugs, including lidocaine, epinephrine, and sodium bicarbonate, are expressed in ratio concentrations (1:1,000 or 1:10,000), and in emergency situations, this labeling can Read More