ASPAN Commends U.S. Pharmacopeia for Medication Error Report on Perioperative Settings, 3/6/07
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ASPAN Commends U.S. Pharmacopeia for Medication Error Report on Perioperative Settings

March 6, 2007, Cherry Hill, N.J.―The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) applauds U.S. Pharmacopeia’s release of this year’s MEDMARX® medication errors data report, A Chartbook of Medication Error Findings from the Perioperative Settings from 1998-2005. ASPAN provided analysis and recommendations based on USP data.

The report found that hand-offs and lack of coordination led to harmful medication errors occurring at a rate more than three times higher in perioperative settings than the harm rate for MEDMARX records overall (see USP March 6 release).

“We are proud to be involved in this year’s MEDMARX report, which provides valuable information on medication errors in perioperative settings that hospitals can use to help prevent these types of errors from occurring in the future,” said ASPAN President Pamela Windle.

MEDMARX, operated by USP, is an anonymous, Internet-accessible program used by hospitals and related institutions nationwide to report, track, and analyze medication errors.  Since its inception in 1998, MEDMARX has received more than 1.2 million reports of medication errors from more than 870 healthcare facilities across the U.S. It is the largest nongovernmental database of medication errors in the U.S.


The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) is the international professional specialty nursing organization representing the interests of over 55,000 nurses practicing in preanesthesia and postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management. 

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, standards-setting organization that advances public health and improves patient safety by ensuring good pharmaceutical care. USP standards, which are recognized worldwide, are developed through a unique process of public involvement by volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other healthcare professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer organizations.  For more information about USP and its standards-setting activities, visit

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