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6 Keys to Improved Medication Safety

Expert advice for keeping drugs secure and ensuring the right dose at the right time to the right patient.

Leroy Kromis, BS, PharmD, BCPS


The surprising revelation that lethal amounts of propofol contributed to the death of Michael Jackson and the headline-grabbing case of surgical tech Kristen Parker, who exchanged soiled needles filled with saline solution for fentanyl syringes at 2 Denver-area facilities, have highlighted the importance of keeping medications secure. Less-publicized mistakes related to drug delivery mix-ups happen every day, putting patients at avoidable and unnecessary risk. If you haven't recently reviewed your medication safety protocols, now is the time. Follow these 6 tips to get started.

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