FDA and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices launch campaign to reduce medical errors
The campaign, a joint effort between the FDA and the ISMP (a nonprofit organization), will target the reduction of errors due to unclear medical abbreviations (including symbols, dosage shorthand).
- The press release (Jun 14 2006)
- Educational materials from the FDA (addressing medication errors in general)
- An abbreviations educational toolkit from the ISMP (including a brochure, slide pack, and public service print ad)
- The ISMP's error-prone abbreviations list
- A San Francisco Chronicle news item about the campaign (B. Tamsey, Jun 15 2006)
There's no mention of plans for evaluating its success or the degree of dissemination of the educational materials; it will be interesting to see what types of outcomes are noted in updates to the project description.