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CE Webinar: Medication Safety: Adopting Best Practices to Prevent Patient Harm

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CE Expiration: 7/7/2017


Medication errors continue to be a leading cause of preventable patient harm in hospitals today. The Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals (TMSBPs) are designed to identify, inspire, and mobilize widespread, national adoption of consensus-based best practices on specific medication safety issues that repeatedly cause fatal and harmful errors in patients. This webinar presentation will describe recommended best practices, realistic solutions that have been adopted by many organizations, and a timely roadmap for which hospitals can focus their medication safety efforts over the next two years.

Target Audience:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Learning Outcomes:

Participating in the webinar and providing at least one example of how you will apply what you learned demonstrates your ability to:

  1. Cite three medication safety best practices targeted for 2016-2017
  2. Discuss the barriers associated with the implementation of specific targeted best practices
  3. Identify successful strategies that can be used in the adoption of the Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals (TMSBPs)

Presenters (See full speaker bios here):

Susan Paparella, MSN, RN, and Darryl Rich, PharmD, MBA, FASHP


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Presenters: Susan Paparella, MSN, RN, and Darryl Rich, PharmD, MBA, FASHPM.

Susan Paparella, MSN, RN

Susan Paparella is Vice President at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, (ISMP) in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Experienced as a nurse leader in critical care and emergency services, and later as a Director of Quality and Risk Management; Susan brings extensive knowledge and practical experience to patient safety issues. In her role at ISMP, she regularly performs medication safety risk assessments at hospitals and health systems, as well as for a variety of outpatient and transitional care locations including infusion centers, surgi-centers, long term care, and physician office practices.

Susan is adjunct faculty for the Temple University School of Pharmacy, teaching in both the core course and the medication safety certificate program. She regularly lectures for organizations and professional programs across the country and abroad. She also is the Past Chair of the Emergency Nurses Association’s Patient Safety Committee and is the current author and section editor for a regular column in the Journal of Emergency Nursing entitled Danger Zone. Susan is a graduate of Villanova University and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Darryl Rich, PharmD, MBA, FASHP

Darryl Rich is currently a Medication Safety Specialist for the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). In this role, he works with health care organizations to improve medication safety through networking, presentations, publications, conducting on-site medication safety and regulatory consults, and other projects. He currently is managing editor of the ISMP Long Term Care Advise-ERR newsletter and coordinates the ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices initiative. He also is the Administrative Coordinator of ISMP’s Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS), and serves as a lead surveyor for the ASHP Residency Accreditation Program.

Previously Darryl Rich worked at The Joint Commission for almost 20 years both as a hospital and home care surveyor, and as a field director for surveyor management and development also serving as the primary internal resource on pharmacy and medication management issues, including standards development and interpretation. Prior to coming to The Joint Commission, Dr. Rich was National Director of Pharmacy Services for Critical Care America, Inc., a national home infusion company. Prior to that Darryl had over 13 years of hospital pharmacy experience including serving as Director of Pharmacy Services at Boston Medical Center, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Northeastern University and Assistant Director for Clinical Pharmacy at Rhode Island Hospital, where he completed an ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy and served in other progressive positions.

CE Webinar: Medication Safety: Adopting Best Practices to Prevent Patient Harm

July 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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