Cancer center improves drug labeling for better patient care

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 23, 2015

A new labeling initiative launched at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) Cancer Center is reducing the risk of preventable medication errors.

A team including pharmacists, pharmacy techs, nurses, IT specialists, and physicians worked together with the one goal of maximizing patient safety in the medication delivery process.

The new, colorful medical labels contain 19 unique data elements ranging from the drug and concentration to the patient’s name. The new labeling features yellow and green highlighting and a much larger font. That makes it easier for the administering nurse to verify that the correct medication is being administered to the correct patient.

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