Letter from ASA to Joint Commission Urges Action on Medication Management Concerns

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists, along with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, has sent a joint letter to The Joint Commission, urging action on a number of concerns related to medication management.

The letter addressed several issues, such as the labeling of syringes and containers, medications for patients in transport to recovery areas, medication security and locked carts and informed consent. The letter cited concerns with the prohibition pre-labeled syringes, which the organizations believe actually decrease medication errors, and the Joint Commission's position on labeling of spinal anesthetics.

The letter also asked The Joint Commission to provide written confirmation that its standards do not prohibit anesthesia professionals from carrying medications on their person when indicated or necessary for patient safety and in accordance with institutional policy.

Read the letter from the ASA and other organizations to the Joint Commission.

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