USP to release first-ever case study book to advance medication error prevention in US hospitals

To: Hospital, health care and pharmaceutical trade media, and health and medical reporters/producers

Subject: Teleconference-The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) will release Advancing Patient Safety in U.S. Hospitals: Basic Strategies for Success, a first-ever case study book featuring actual hospital medication errors and steps taken to prevent similar mistakes in the future. More than two dozen health care administrators and practitioners were interviewed for this book. These first-person accounts led to 10 key recommendations for improving medication safety in U.S. health facilities, which will be discussed on this teleconference.

All those interviewed for this book participate in USP's MEDMARX, the national, Internet-accessible anonymous error reporting program and quality improvement tool used to track and trend medication errors. In November 2003, USP released its fourth annual medication errors data report: Summary of Information Submitted to MEDMARX in the Year 2002: The Quest for Quality, which analyzed more than 192,000 medication errors that were voluntarily reported by 482 hospitals and health systems nationwide. MEDMARX is the nation's largest database of medication errors, containing more than 580,000 released records.

When: Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 1:30 p.m. EST (10:30 a.m. PST)

Who: The teleconference will be presented by:
* Diane D. Cousins, R.Ph., vice president of USP's Center for the Advancement of Patient Safety
* Jeffrey Silverstone, R.Ph., MEDMARX program director, USP

Where: To access the teleconference, dial 1-800-860-2442. Inform the operator that you are calling for the "U.S. Pharmacopeia" teleconference.

To Register: To participate in the teleconference, please RSVP to mediarelations@usp.org. For further information or to obtain a copy of Advancing Patient Safety in U.S. Hospitals: Ba

Contact: Sherrie Borden
US Pharmacopeia

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