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Overview

Standardize 4 Safety is the first national, interprofessional effort to standardize medication concentrations in order to reduce errors and improve transitions of care.

These national standards will cover:

  • Concentrations and dosing units for intravenous continuous medications for adult patients.
  • Concentrations for compounded oral liquid medications.
  • Concentrations and dosing units for intravenous continuous medications for pediatric patients.
  • Doses for oral liquid medications.
  • Concentrations for intravenous intermittent medications.
  • Concentrations for PCA and epidural medications.
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Background

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through its Safe Use Initiative, has awarded ASHP a three-year contract to develop and implement national standardized concentrations for intravenous (IV) and oral liquid medications. Standardize 4 Safety is the first national, interprofessional effort to standardize medication concentrations in order to reduce errors and improve transitions of care. Working with partner organizations, hospitals, and pharmacist, nurse, and physician experts from across the care continuum, Standardize 4 Safety will create, test, publicize, and support the adoption of these national standardized medication concentrations. Everyone has a role; learn how you can be involved!

Standardize 4 Safety staff visit New York City

Deb Pasko with Victor Cohen, AVP Pharmacy Services, and Machelle Allen, Chief Medical Officer at NYC Health and Hospitals.

Deb Pasko, Director of Medication Safety and Quality at ASHP, recently visited NYC Health and Hospitals to discuss the Standardize 4 Safety initiative with hospital leadership. NYC Health and Hospitals is interested in becoming an early adopter of the standard concentrations proposed by ASHP.

Start talking with your hospital leadership now about this project. Discuss how your hospital or system can become involved, perhaps even as an early adopter.


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