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Category: Medication Safety

When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive Read More >

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Clinicians: Use “mL”-only when Prescribing to Reduce Parent Dosing Errors and Keep Children Safe

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS

Guest Author: Shonna Yin, MD, MS Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine One thing that every clinician can do for National Safety Month is make sure they prescribe medications for children in the safest way. Dosing errors are the most common type of medication error that brings children into the Emergency Read More >

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Parents Everywhere – Keep Medicines Up and Away

Author – Emily Skor Vice President, Communications and Alliance Development, Consumer Healthcare Products Association Nothing is more important for a parent than their children’s safety and well-being. As a mother of two young children, I know that we parents appreciate every reminder we can get as we juggle busy lives and balance many responsibilities. One Read More >

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Keeping Children Safe when Visitors Arrive – A message from family doctors

Author – Glen R. Stream, M.D., MBI, FAAFP President, American Academy of Family Physicians With the holidays — and related family gatherings — quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to talk about keeping medications Up and Away and Out of Sight of children. The CDC, with support from the American Academy of Family Physicians Read More >

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Three Words for Poison Prevention: Click, Up, and Away

CLICK! That’s the sound you often hear when you close the child-resistant cap on a medicine bottle. Imagine this scenario: It’s the middle of the night and your sick child needs a dose of fever reducing medicine. You’re only half awake and caring for your child. You give your child the medicine and head back Read More >

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