March 24, 2006
Not all SALADs are good for you
A growing problem in keeping patients safe from medication errors is the confusion of medications that have similar sounding or looking names. If one medication is mistaken for another with a similar name, it can result in serious injury or even death. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, approximately 15 percent of all reported medication errors are a result of this confusion.
As part of the MGH's commitment to improve patient safety and standards of care, the Safe Administration Subcommittee (SAS), under the charge of Medication Education Safety Administration Committee (MESAC), has established a new process that will help MGHers to better identify, order, dispense and administer medications that have similar sounding or looking names.
To help MGH staff keep patients safe, the following safeguards have been established:
SALAD system and its oversight by the SAS broadens previous efforts to
reduce the risk of errors at the MGH. These innovations will help the
MGH better meet National Patient Safety Goal #3 to improve the safety
of using medications and is a part of the hospital's enhanced readiness
for the upcoming survey by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations. Employees can find additional information about SALAD by
visiting the MESAC website at http://intranet.massgeneral.org/MESAC/.
The SALAD policy can be viewed in the online Clinical Policy and Procedure
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