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Improving Medication Safety in the Perioperative Setting

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To Participate

To participate in this continuing education activity:

  1. Review the activity description and objectives.
  2. View the activity.
  3. Complete the online post-test and activity evaluation.

NOTE: If you attended the live CE activity titled "Improving Medication Safety in the Perioperative Setting" that was held on December 10, 2014 during the 49th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, California AND received CE credit (i.e. a pharmacist CE statement with ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-14-233-L05-P), you are NOT allowed to also receive CE credit for this home-study activity.

Activity Description

The perioperative (operating room) environment is a high-risk, complex area where medication errors lead to disproportionately more harm than errors elsewhere in the hospital. This on-demand webinar focuses on current issues in perioperative medication safety and ways to prevent harmful adverse drug events. Leading national experts discuss often-unrecognized problems, discuss actual cases where errors have occurred, outline relevant regulatory and/or accreditation requirements, and provide a description of how one organization has successfully implemented risk reduction strategies in the surgical setting.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses in health-system settings. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how medications are ordered, stored, prepared, and utilized in the perioperative setting
  • Identify system-based causes of medication errors associated with the use of medications in the perioperative setting
  • Describe current regulatory and accreditation requirements related to perioperative medication safety
  • Describe practical approaches currently used by hospitals and health systems to improve medication safety
  • Prioritize selected strategies to prevent harm and improve medication safety in the surgical setting


Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, Pennsylvania

Michelle Mandrack, RN, MSN
Director of Consulting Services
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, Pennsylvania

Darryl S. Rich, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Medication Safety Specialist
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth A. Wade, PharmD, BCPS
Medication Safety Officer
Concord Hospital
Concord, New Hampshire


It is the policy of ISMP, Wild Iris and ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. Today’s speakers have no relevant commercial and/or financial relationships to disclose.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CME/CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include unlabeled indications. Use of drugs and devices outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 02-06-2015
Expiration Date: 02-06-2018

This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Wild Iris Medical Education and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). 

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-15-039-H05-P/T has been assigned to this knowledge-based, home-study activity. This CE activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers, and is provided at no cost to participants. Completion of an evaluation and post-test with a score of 70% or higher is required to receive CE credit. CE credit will be uploaded automatically to NABP/CPE Monitor. No partial credit will be given.


Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.5 contact hours of nurse CE credit.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Eagle Pharmaceuticals.


The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.

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