ISMP Announces Winners of 25th Annual Cheers Award


PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., November 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is proud to announce the winners of its 25th Annual Cheers Awards. The awards ceremony for this historic anniversary year will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ISMP Cheers awards recognize individuals, organizations and companies who have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events; for more information visit:

This year’s award winners are:

  • Advanced Health Care, San Diego, California
    Sharp HealthCare Performance Improvement Team Receives Cheers Award for Developing Innovative Solutions to Reduce Risk of Patient Harm When Infusing Non-Cytotoxic Vesicant/Irritant Drugs Through Peripheral Intravenous (IV) Lines . The multidisciplinary team identified areas for improvement and developed guidelines to standardize processes and promote safe administration. They also capitalized on the use of technology by establishing rules, improving documentation of IV site changes, and providing point-of-care tools to ensure staff awareness of appropriate interventions during administration. The team, consisting of pharmacists, doctors, nurses, information specialists and vascular access specialists, was able to significantly reduce the number of extravasation events after just one year.
  • Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
    Shifa International Hospital is honored for implementing camera-assisted verification for chemotherapy admixture services with limited resources. In order to follow ISMP Targeted Drug Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, the Pharmacy Services team wanted to ensure that the correct ingredients and quantity of each were confirmed before being added to the chemotherapy bag. Final IV. The team implemented an affordable and convenient solution that did not put additional financial pressure on the hospital. With management support, the project was funded for a total of approximately $915 U.S. dollars. The successful Shifa International Hospital initiative serves as an example of what healthcare organizations that cannot afford advanced technology such as gravimetric analysis equipment, barcode applications and robotics and IV workflow software can accomplish to avoid errors.

The George Di Domizio Award was established in 2012 in memory of a late ISMP board member who advocated for greater cooperation between the medical industry and the broader healthcare community to promote medicines safer. The prize is awarded this year to Vitalisa pharmaceutical company based in Colombiafor its commitment to designing safer labels and packaging for their medicines, despite the fact that it is not required at the regulatory level in Latin America. After recognizing potential safety issues with their injectable medications, Vitalis contacted several organisations, including ISMP, for advice. As a result, new labels have been designed that include several strategies: color differentiation between products and strengths, white background to improve contrast, and more readable text with a vertical orientation that can be easily read without having to turn the bulb. . Dangerous abbreviations have been removed and big man lettering is used where appropriate. These changes have also been incorporated into the labeling of drug packages and vials, and today these products are distributed in several countries, including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Panamaand Costa Rica.

The ISMP Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Michael R. CohenRPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), FASHP, for his invaluable leadership and advocacy in the area of ​​medication safety. Mike is the President Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and has dedicated his long career to advocating for the prevention of medication errors. Mike’s passion for medication safety began in 1974 when he was alerted to a serious insulin-related adverse event at a local hospital and immediately saw the value in sharing the story to prevent the same error does not happen again. He founded the ISMP in 1994 and launched the first of ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® publications in 1996. These newsletters now reach more than one million healthcare professionals in the United States and more than 30 foreign countries. Mike and his ISMP colleagues have helped bring about countless changes in clinical practice, public policy, and drug labeling and packaging that have impacted millions of patients and healthcare professionals. . Mike is co-founder and long-time chairman of the International Medication Safety Network (IMSN) and former member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and Over-the-Counter Drug Advisory Committee. (FDA) of the United States. He is currently co-chair of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Expert Committee on Nomenclature and Labeling. Among his many awards and accolades, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission and was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Mike will also be the keynote speaker for the 25e Annual Cheers Awards.

Journalists wishing to attend the awards ceremony should contact Renee Brehio at [email protected].

About the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is the nation’s first 501c(3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to preventing medication errors. ISMP is known and respected for its drug safety information. For more than 25 years, it has also been a vital force for progress. ISMP’s advocacy work alone has led to many needed changes in clinical practice, public policy, and drug labeling and packaging. Among its many initiatives, ISMP operates the only voluntary national practitioner medication error reporting program, publishes newsletters with real-time, read and trusted error information across the global healthcare community healthcare, and offers a wide range of unique educational programs, tools and guidelines. In 2020, ISMP formally affiliated with ECRI to create one of the largest healthcare quality and safety entities in the world, and ECRI and ISMP PSO are a safety organization of patients federally certified by the US Department of Health and Human Services. As an independent watchdog organization, ISMP receives no advertising revenue and depends entirely on charitable donations, educational grants, newsletter subscriptions, and volunteer efforts to continue its lifesaving work. Visit and follow @ismp_org to learn more.

SOURCE Institute for Safe Medication Practices


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