• By Al Harlow
  • Cause in USA

Pediatric Safe Label

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Reducing Tragic Pediatric and Neonate Medication Errors by this Implementing this Simple Reminder

Safe Label Example

When it comes to medication safety and the prevention of human errors in the hospital pharmacy, babies and children are of particular concern, simply due to their body weight. Very simply put, if a clinician accidentally administers the same dosage and concentration of a medication that would normally be given to a 60 lb. pediatric patient and inadvertently gives it to a baby weighing only 15 pounds, there will be often deadly consequences. This fact was not only evident with Chris’s daughter Emily, it was also very apparent with Dennis Quaid’s twins, when they were accidentally given adult doses of heparin and almost died as a result. With all of this in mind, The Emily Jerry Foundation’s Guardian Angel Pediatric Safe Label Program, coupled with our ongoing partnerships, is designed to help to significantly reduce the number of overall medication errors that occur, all too often, with our nation’s most valuable resource, our babies and children.

IMG_0855The Emily Jerry Foundation’s Guardian Angel Pediatric Safe Label Program is very simple and effective. Our guardian angel logo, with the likeness of Emily, is printed on all medications that are intended for babies and children. It’s meant to be a gentle reminder to all of the clinicians that come in contact with the medication, from the pharmacy technicians compounding IV solutions, the pharmacist dispensing the medications in the pharmacy, to the pediatric nurse administering the medication. With the implementation of this added impression, they all see Emily’s Guardian Angel logo and are reminded that they will all need to be extra careful, double checking and rechecking, dosages and concentrations, for all neonate or pediatric patients at their specific facilities based on the child’s weight.

We are very excited about our partnerships with companies and facilities which have decided to incorporate the guardian angel logo directly into their label printing firmware and software that resides in their medical equipment and systems that they sell or use at medical facilities around the globe. There are many manufacturers of medical equipment and systems that produce medication labels that could integrate this life-saving program into their product offering.

Examples of Safe Labels as they come off the label printer:

Labels used on Syringes made by an Ominicell IV Robot Labels used in Medi-Dose MILT 3.0 Software
img_0858Omnicell Safe Label Example Safe Label Sheet

 

If you would like to discuss how you can implement this program at your facility or through one of our partners, please contact us.

The following is a compelling article regarding this vital charitable project from Pharmacy Purchasing & Products

Safety_med_labeling PDF

Please Make a Contribution: Your charitable gifts go a long way to helping us to achieve our ultimate goal of having the guardian angel logo on ALL medications intended for babies and children, to save countless lives from very preventable medication errors! Please consider helping the Foundation continue this important work by making a generous donation today.

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