|Measure: Identify and review at least yearly a list of look-alike, sound-alike drugs used in the hospital and take action to prevent errors involving the interchange of these drugs.|
Time Period Ending: 3/31/2013
What We Are Doing:
There are many thousands of drugs used today and it is a challenge to come up with new names and shapes. Consequentially, many drugs either sound or look alike and can potentially be confused with one another. These SALAD (sound-alike-look-alike-drugs) are reviewed by a team of pharmacists, doctors and other healthcare professionals every year. We educate staff about them, and build in steps, such as extra labeling, electronic barcoding, and alerts to prevent confusion and errors.