USP Releases Patient Safety Book

Published Online: Saturday, May 1, 2004

Hospitals across the nation provided input for the United States Pharmacopeia's (USP) Advancing Patient Safety in U.S. Hospitals: Basic Strategies for Success. This first-ever case study book features actual hospital medication errors and steps implemented to prevent similar mistakes.

Aside from first-person experiences, USP offers 10 recommendations to improve medication safety in health facilities. The recommendations include the following:

  • Adopt a nonpunitive policy for reporting potential and actual medication errors
  • Create open lines of communication among departments and disciplines
  • Provide incentives for participating in the medication-safety reporting system

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