STOP DRUG ERRORS – BE A LIFESAVER!

Courtesy of Dr Nicholas Chrimes & Twitter

Courtesy of Dr Nicholas Chrimes & Twitter

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN! SIGN THE PETITION!

As Dr Nicholas Chrimes writes….

There is currently a multitude of similarly packaged drugs with very different clinical effects available in Australia. This increases the risk of significant drug error and the potential for serious patient harm.

Whilst clinician vigilance and pharmacy purchasing practices are important strategies, they are not able to provide a robust, permanent solution to these issues.

Incorporation of human factors strategies into drug packaging & labelling to maximise distinctiveness of different medications and consistency between similar medications, could help to reduce this risk. Whilst work has already been done in this area there are no mandatory national standards to prevent pharmaceutical manufacturers producing medications with dangerously similar packaging.

Drug packaging including the external box, labels, ampoules, vials, caps, blister packs & other elements should be subject to mandatory standards. In addition to previously proposed/implemented strategies this should include colour coding of these packaging elements according to the class of drug, based on the existing coding system in place for intravenous medications & fluid therapy. This coding system could be extended to include other classes of intravenous & oral medications.

Standardisation of the type of packaging (vials, glass or plastic ampoules) for different classes of intravenous drugs should also be considered where practical.

Irrespective of the manufacturer, the type & colour of pharmaceutical packaging should be subject to a mandatory national standard, so that it’s appearance maximises consistency between similar drug types and distinctiveness between different classes of drug.

The ultimate goal is to reduce the risk of drug error and minimise patient harm.


Filed under: FOAMEd, Interviews of interesting people Tagged: campaign, drug, errors, EZdrugID, stop

WHY SMACC?

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Why SMACC?
Its just another conference you say
Its just another meeting
Why SMACC, you say?
My wallet cant take another beating

Yes its in Chicago next
Its in June 2015
Why SMACC you say?
I have already been

I am going to SMACC
I am looking there
Why SMACC you say?
Who really cares?

SMACC to me is my soul of learning
SMACC to me is my place of inspiration
Why SMACC you say?
SMACC is more than information

It is a meeting of friends and minds
Shared across the world on virtual networks
The conversation begins and never stops
As the sun sets and rises, so does the ebb and flow of the discussion

Why SMACC?
Because you are never alone


Filed under: FOAMEd, SMACCUS Tagged: SMACC

WHY SMACC?

smacc chicago logo

Why SMACC?
Its just another conference you say
Its just another meeting
Why SMACC, you say?
My wallet cant take another beating

Yes its in Chicago next
Its in June 2015
Why SMACC you say?
I have already been

I am going to SMACC
I am looking there
Why SMACC you say?
Who really cares?

SMACC to me is my soul of learning
SMACC to me is my place of inspiration
Why SMACC you say?
SMACC is more than information

It is a meeting of friends and minds
Shared across the world on virtual networks
The conversation begins and never stops
As the sun sets and rises, so does the ebb and flow of the discussion

Why SMACC?
Because you are never alone


Filed under: FOAMEd, SMACCUS Tagged: SMACC

SMACCFORCE – What to EXPECT

attribution to some joker on Twitter

attribution to some joker on Twitter

Register for SMACCFORCE now! 

Here is an induction training video from Kent,Surrey&Sussex HEMS in UK to get you in the mood! Thanks to them!

Here are some of the sessions we got planned for this exclusive Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine symposium that brings together prehospital providers from around the world.


  1. Pre-hospital Medicine – How far have we come?
    “The Right Stuff” – Training in Pre-hospital and Retrieval Medicine
    “The Wrong Stuff” – Dogma in Pre-hospital and Retrieval
    “The Tough Stuff” Stress Physiology/PTSD in EMS
  2. Hypothetical case discussions like “There’s a hole in my bucket” & “Thats not a knife!”

  3. Tactical EMS – In the Line of Fire
    Picking up the Pieces after an EMS accident
    Humans the Size of your Hand
    ECMO Retrieval
    Tasking HEMS – the Ultimate Challenge
    DEBATE “Direct Laryngoscopy is a dead skill in prehospital care….we just haven’t told it yet ”
  4. Demonstration sessions like Prehospital RSI, ECMO retrieval

So come along and join in!

Here are some videos made by Greater Sydney HEMS who are significantly involved in the SMACCFORCE faculty.


Filed under: Aeromedical retrieval, FOAMEd, Prehospital medicine, SMACCUS Tagged: CHICAGO, SMACCFORCE, SMACCUS

SMACCFORCE – What to EXPECT

attribution to some joker on Twitter

attribution to some joker on Twitter

Register for SMACCFORCE now! 

Here is an induction training video from Kent,Surrey&Sussex HEMS in UK to get you in the mood! Thanks to them!

Here are some of the sessions we got planned for this exclusive Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine symposium that brings together prehospital providers from around the world.


  1. Pre-hospital Medicine – How far have we come?
    “The Right Stuff” – Training in Pre-hospital and Retrieval Medicine
    “The Wrong Stuff” – Dogma in Pre-hospital and Retrieval
    “The Tough Stuff” Stress Physiology/PTSD in EMS
  2. Hypothetical case discussions like “There’s a hole in my bucket” & “Thats not a knife!”

  3. Tactical EMS – In the Line of Fire
    Picking up the Pieces after an EMS accident
    Humans the Size of your Hand
    ECMO Retrieval
    Tasking HEMS – the Ultimate Challenge
    DEBATE “Direct Laryngoscopy is a dead skill in prehospital care….we just haven’t told it yet ”
  4. Demonstration sessions like Prehospital RSI, ECMO retrieval

So come along and join in!

Here are some videos made by Greater Sydney HEMS who are significantly involved in the SMACCFORCE faculty.


Filed under: Aeromedical retrieval, FOAMEd, Prehospital medicine, SMACCUS Tagged: CHICAGO, SMACCFORCE, SMACCUS

Transparency.Evidence.Communication – The HURT Registry

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Transparency. Evidence. Communication.

(Article by Derek Sifford, Michael Lauria et al, authors of HURT Registry website/project)

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
– Henry Ford

The Hemostatic Utilization by Retrieval Teams Registry, or HURT Registry, is a web project founded with the sole purpose of advancing trauma resuscitation in the prehospital setting. Our aim is to dismantle the communication barriers between HEMS services and establish a central portal for which clinicians can interact, collaborate, and share data at the international level.
Three core elements rest at the foundation of the HURT Registry project. Defined simply, these are…
Transparency
Easier said than done, right? To be transparent is to admit our flaws. It leaves us feeling vulnerable; open to persecution from the jury of our peers. But that’s half of the story. Where one of us is weak, another is strong. Banded together, we’re all strong. Admitting our weaknesses and sharing our strengths is the first step to a global improvement in HEMS trauma care.
Evidence
It stands to reason that keeping up with the literature is daunting. PubMed has exploded to an index of over 24 million papers with no plans of slowing down. In fact, over the last few years, this growth could be measured in the area of 2000 individual citations per day. The point is: no one person can keep up with this. That’s where we come in. Our team tirelessly collects all the relevant evidence within the trauma milieu and sorts it by product, study design, and date for easy referencing.
Communication
Bringing cutting-edge medicine into the field is as much about the “how” as it is the “what”. Indeed, the logistics of making things happen is an art form all its own. Today’s most successful HEMS organizations resulted from the courage to innovate paired with the perseverance to overcome the inevitable failures along the way. However, to advance HEMS as an industry, it is important that we communicate our successes and failures openly with the HEMS community. HURT Registry serves as the intermediary between those who are looking to improve and those who have established success within the realm of hemostatic resuscitation.
So just how do we expect to make this happen, you ask? The answer is simple; we don’t. You, the HEMS clinician, are the vital ingredient that will allow this project to thrive.
Want to get involved?

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SUBMIT YOUR PROGRAM TODAY
Submitting your program takes only a few minutes. To submit, proceed to the website, click on the “Submit Your Program” tab (bottom right), and fill out the short pop-out form. That’s all there is to it!
Help us add to the evidence
We’re constantly looking to improve our evidence repository. Do you know of any new, cutting edge articles or studies regarding hemostatic resuscitation? We want to hear about it! Email us info@hurtregistry.org or hit us up on twitter at @HURT_Registry.
Thanks for the support! We’re humbled for the opportunity to spread our message on the PHARM podcast. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at info@hurtregistry.org.

Disclaimer
The content and information contained on the HURT Registry website or communicated by the HURT Registry team is for educational purposes only. It is simply meant to share ideas, different practices, and academic literature. It is NOT medical advice that replaces or supersedes federal, state, or institutional medical guidelines or protocols.
Information provided to the HURT Registry, including contact information and clinical guidelines, is not shared without prior authorization by an individual program. While we promote transparency and communication, we respect the privacy and wishes of each of our contributors.


Filed under: Emergency medicine and critical care, FOAMEd, Prehospital medicine Tagged: HURT, registry