Recommendations for adult IV continuous infusion concentrations from ASHP

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ASHP today announced the official launch of Standardize 4 Safety, a three-year, multiphase interprofessional initiative focused on creating and promoting national standard concentrations for intravenous (IV) and oral liquid medications” ASHP (2016).

ASHP announce “ASHP today announced the official launch of Standardize 4 Safety, a three-year, multiphase interprofessional initiative focused on creating and promoting national standard concentrations for intravenous (IV) and oral liquid medications. The launch marks the official release of the Standardize 4 Safety initiative information, including the first draft of the IV adult continuous proposed concentrations.

Standardize 4 Safety seeks to reduce IV and oral liquid medication errors as well as improve continuity of medications therapy for patients through transitions of care. The project is funded through FDA’s Safe Use Initiative, an effort to reduce preventable harm from medications by creating and facilitating public and private collaborations with the healthcare community.

Medication errors are estimated to harm at least 1.5 million patients per year in the U.S., according to the National Academies of Sciences Health and Medicine Division (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine). These errors, many of which involve IV and oral liquid medications, are especially prevalent during transitions of care.”

Full Press Release Standardize 4 safety Website

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