Best Practices

Medication Safety Pearl: Use Caution with Oral Antidiabetic Drugs in Hospitalized Patients

This article describes common errors that occur with oral antidiabetic agents and ways to prevent them.  It was originally published as a safety alert to health care professionals at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General... Read More

Call for Posters - 2012 ICHP Spring Meeting

Are you working on a project that others could learn from? Please consider sharing the outcomes with your colleagues at the poster session during the ICHP Spring Meeting on March 23-24, 2012. This is a great opportunity to share innovative ideas with ... Read More

Procalcitonin-Guided Duration of Antimicrobial Therapy for the Treatment of Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

Introduction, Purpose, and Goals of the ProgramIntroduction Nursing home patients are at increased risk for developing infections particularly, lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI), which can result in significant morbidity and mortality.1  ... Read More

Pharmacist Obtained Medication Histories as Part of the Medication Reconciliation Process

The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal 8 states that patients have medications accurately and completely reconciled across the continuum of care in order to decrease the incidence of medication related adverse effects and errors. Mos... Read More

Medication Reconciliation: The Journey to the Goal

Last February, a sigh of relief was heard throughout our nation’s hospitals when The Joint Commission (TJC) announced it would not issue Requirement for Improvement (RFI) citations in 2009 for non-compliance with the Medication Reconciliation Nat... Read More

ICHP Best Practice Awards Program

Program objectives and criteria The objective of the program is to encourage the development of new, innovative pharmacy practice programs in health systems within the state of Illinois. Applicants will be judged on their descriptions of pr... Read More

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