Articles by Michael R. Cohen, SCD (HON.), DPS (HON.), MS, RPH, FASHP : Nursing2022

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Articles by Michael R. Cohen, SCD (HON.), DPS (HON.), MS, RPH, FASHP

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(12):64, December 2022.

Confirm tenecteplase indication and dose before use... PDMPs can identify duplicate opioid therapy

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(11):64, November 2022.

COVID-19 vaccine package concerns... Potassium chloride for injection concentrate 250 mL bags reaching organizations... Pharmacists can now prescribe Paxlovid but should be aware of error risks

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(10):64, October 2022.

AuroMedics etomidate, pantoprazole, and bupivacaine mix-ups... Topical gel dispensed in an ENFit syringe given via G-tube

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(9):64, September 2022.

Paxlovid drug interaction... Eprontia oral solution concentration conversion... Different concentrations of oral liquid Baclofen

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(8):64, August 2022.

AuroMedics etomidate, pantoprazole, and bupivacaine mix-ups...Topical gel dispensed in an ENFit syringe given via G-tube

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(6):64, June 2022.

Lacosamide labels need improvement... Bar code needed for BluePoint enoxaparin blister package label... Look-alike NexJect syringes

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(5):64, May 2022.

Clinolipid container label issue... Do not dilute gray-capped Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine... Tubing spikes drop from IV bags in use

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(4):64, April 2022.

Using the slashed zero to avoid discrepancies... Caution with look-alike tablets with nearly identical imprints...

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 52(3):64, March 2022.

Age-related COVID-19 vaccine mix-ups... Onpattro requires a 0.45-micron filter for preparation... Prasugrel unavailable in unit-dose packaging

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 51(11):72, November 2021.

Improved safety needed for pediatric dosing of pegfilgrastim...inadvertent intra-arterial injection

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 51(8):72, August 2021.

Preferred vs. legal name for transgender patients...bar code scan indicates wrong drug...Adrenalin vials resemble COVID-19 vaccine vials

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 51(7):72, July 2021.

Contribute to this error-reporting project...vial curvature can render bar codes unscannable...Ure-Na, not hydroxyurea...syringe scales should not be marked in fractions

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 51(4):72, April 2021.

Discard rufinamide oral suspension within 90 days of opening...Piqray labeling causes confusion...COVID-19 Vaccine Handling Toolkit available for healthcare professionals

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 51(3):72, March 2021.

Droperidol or dronabinol?...protect pets from fluorouracil...new recommendations for in-line filters

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(12):72, December 2020.

Wrapper ripped from the bar code invites errors...phase-out schedule modified for legacy enteral devices...why expiration dates on device and carton do not match...ivabradine oral solution now more widely available for infants

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(9):72, September 2020.

Be aware that double-strength propofol is now available...new list of drugs not recommended for pediatric patients...lidocaine: right drug, wrong indication

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(8):72, August 2020.

Temporary caps on paralyzing agents lack crucial information...clinical trial changes dosing guidelines for COVID-19 treatment

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(7):72, July 2020.

Beware of unproven COVID-19 treatments...drug label misleads on dosage strength...high-dose ascorbic acid interferes with glucometer measurements in patients with diabetes and COVID-19

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(6):72, June 2020.

New guidelines on smart infusion pumps cover a range of practice settings...beware of look-alike carton packaging...peel away rocuronium confusion

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(4):72, April 2020.

Misinterpreting this chemotherapy label doubles the dosage...legacy feeding tubes and adapters will be phased out

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(3):72, March 2020.

Calling for universal use of barcodes on OTC products...join a new safety campaign...take the right administration route for bortezomib

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 50(1):72, January 2020.

Mixing up similar-looking bottles causes serious injury...spell out routes of drug administration

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(11):72, November 2019.

Many oral syringes do not meet safety standards...extra steps required for this child-resistant blister pack...confusing these drugs could have been fatal

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(9):72, September 2019.

Near-miss with a neuromuscular blocker...high-alert stickers on auxiliary labels can have the opposite effect

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(8):72, August 2019.

I.V. EPINEPHrine labeling omits key information...these drug labels are hard to tell apart...warning statement open to misinterpretation

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(7):72, July 2019.

Avoid delegating vaccine preparation...vancomycin powder: do not confuse the diluent with the drug...new FDA naming convention for biological medications

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(6):72, June 2019.

I.V. sedative confused with a common corticosteroid...alarming enoxaparin syringe malfunctions can lead to needle sticks

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(5):72, May 2019.

Blistering criticism about levOCARNitine packaging...“fuzzy matching” for electronic medication selection is unsafe

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(4):72, April 2019.

Confusing label invites a twofold overdose of oral potassium solution...avoid abbreviating drug names...lower dosage is not always a “junior” with epinephrine autoinjectors

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(3):72, March 2019.

Peel-off label conceals key information on a vial of rocuronium...don't confuse migalastat and miglustat

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 49(2):72, February 2019.

Near-miss mix-up of nebulizer solutions...patients need more education to use pen needles correctly...tool available to mitigate the risk of tubing misconnections

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(12):72, December 2018.

Plastic rings left on oral syringes pose a choking hazard...avoid risky abbreviations for “thousand”

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(11):72, November 2018.

Beware of nonstandard labels on foreign potassium chloride injection products...concentration confusion on DOBUTamine overwraps...leave slang terms out of verbal orders

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(10):72, October 2018.

Misleading Nucala label could lead to overdose...dosages requiring “more than three” tablets or vials should raise a red flag

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(9):72, September 2018.

Dangers of look-alike labels...wrong syringe contributes to 10-fold insulin overdose...keep this plunger under pressure

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(6):72, June 2018.

A vial's labels express drug concentrations inconsistently...Zoster vaccines have different storage requirements

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(4):72, April 2018.

Volumen confused with Voluven...“hang time” interpreted as a dose...watch for outdated instructions accompanying this antiretroviral drug

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(3):72, March 2018.

The lowercase letter “l” at the end of drug names can be confused with the number 1...survey reveals alarming safety lapses in injection practices

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(2):72, February 2018.

Encourage patients to double-check e-prescriptions...discard stabilizers packaged with prefilled morphine syringes...liraglutide pen injectors confuse mL and mg

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 48(1):72, January 2018.

Don't reuse single-dose vials...these proton pump inhibitor capsules shouldn't be swallowed whole

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(11):72, November 2017.

Adrenaline: not for the eyes...don't leave “Meds to Beds” prescription bags at the bedside...beware these look-alike products

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(10):72, October 2017.

Spoons are for soup, not medications...new guidelines for emergency responders dealing with carfentanil overdoses

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(7):72, July 2017.

Aspirin use is surprisingly risky...problems with propofol label...education a must for patients managing home infusions

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(6):72, June 2017.

AZT: avoid this abbreviation...patients need education about standard nonsafety insulin pens...misleading label on OTC pain patch

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(5):72, May 2017.

Don't confuse IVFE and IVFe...U-200 insulin pen won't accept odd-numbered doses...improper color-coding invites confusion

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(4):72, April 2017.

Lipid rescue therapy reverses local anesthetic toxicity...poorly placed bar code interferes with scanning...don't confuse sound-alike drugs Tarceva and Tresiba

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(3):72, March 2017.

Too-sticky label disguises tampering and drug diversion...blister packaging can help protect kids from accidental poisonings...don't let patients confuse Claritin and ClariSpray...mini-bag volumes of 0.9% sodium chloride solutions aren't clearly labeled

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(2):72, February 2017.

Don't give this drug alone...inexperienced nurse confused by Lantus dosing...with caps off, vecuronium and vancomycin vials look alike

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 47(1):72, January 2017.

Disoriented syringe label poses risks...tamper-evident ring on this ointment tube could cause an eye injury...never bring controlled substances to the bedside before needed

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 46(12):72, December 2016.

Fake prescriptions shouldn't be used to check for insurance coverage...make sure vial labels face up...“kwik” refers to a device, not a drug...barcode missing from bottle's label

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 46(11):72, November 2016.

Dangerously misleading label for potassium chloride...beware of packaging errors on over-the-counter products...speak up about unlabeled syringes

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 46(10):72, October 2016.

Ask older patients about safety caps...megestrol and metoclopramide mixup tied to similar packaging...address patient confusion about dosing with insulin pens

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 46(8):72, August 2016.

Minimize the use of disinfecting caps on pediatric I.V. catheter hubs and ports...beware confusing labeling on blister pack for cystic fibrosis medication...keep vaccines in storage units dedicated exclusively to vaccines

Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 46(7):72, July 2016.

When using this premixed infusion bag, administer loading doses as directed...beware sketchy bar code placements on drugs

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