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Patient Safety
Monday, February 12, 2018
New FactFinder on Conscious Sedation »
Find the latest facts about whether or not conscious sedation is necessary for performing most interventional pain procedu...
Monday, January 29, 2018
New FactFinder on Spinal Cord Stimulation Patients with Permanent Pacemakers and Defibrillators »
Find the latest facts about whether or not spinal cord stimulation is an absolute contraindication in patients with a prio...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
SIS Reviews FSMB Draft Compounding Position and Requests Exception for Interventional Pain »
On January 17, 2018, SIS issued a comment letter to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to addres...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Safety Alert: Problematic Stoppers Replaced in Becton-Dickinson Drug Syringes »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 01/12/2018: Becton-Dickinson (BD) Syringes Used to Store Compounded or Repackaged Drugs: FDA...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Recall Alert: PharMEDium Expands Nationwide Recall of Additional Lots of Compounded Sterile Products »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 01/11/2018: Pharmedium Services, LLC Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Additional Lots...
Friday, January 5, 2018
FDA Offers Podcast on Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Retention; EMA Implements Restrictions »
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new Drug Safety Podcast, warning that gadolinium-based contrast agen...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Recall Alert: Certain Lots of Compounded Sterile Products by PharMEDium Services, LLC »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 01/02/2018: Certain Lots of Compounded Sterile Products by PharMEDium Services, LLC: Recall...
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
New Class Warnings: Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents (GBCAs) »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 12/19/2017: Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents (GBCAs): Drug Safety Communication - Retained in B...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
New FactFinder on Masks, Gowns, and Caps »
Does wearing a face mask, gown, or cap decrease the risk of infection during interventional spine procedures?  ...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Recall Alert: Alcohol Prep Pads by Simple Diagnostics »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 12/05/2017:  Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads by Simple Diagnostics: Recall - Lack of Ste...
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Recall Alert: Midazolam Injection by Fresenius Kabi »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 11/05/2017: Midazolam Injection, USP, 2 mg/2 mL mL by Fresenius Kabi: Recall - Reports of Blis...
Friday, November 3, 2017
New FactFinder on Internal Skin Burn Due to Novel Radiofrequency Ablation Technology »
Find the latest facts about internal skin burns caused by novel radiofrequency ablation (RFA) technologies, including wate...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Recall Alert: Injectable Products by SCA Pharmaceuticals »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 10/23/2017: Injectable Products by SCA Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Potential Contamination T...
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Injection Practices Campaign Warns Unsafe Syringe Reuse Is Not Uncommon »
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotio...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
New FactFinder on Intra-Articular Corticosteroid Injections and Hyperglycemia »
Find the latest facts about the systemic impact of intra-articular steroid injections on blood glucose levels in your diab...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
New Compounded Drug Product Report Available »
In an effort to help the medical community identify and access specific compounded drug products from facilities that are...
Monday, September 11, 2017
Recall Alert: Hydromorphone HCl by Hospira »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 09/08/2017: Hydromorphone HCl by Hospira: Recall - Lack of Sterility Assurance This is an...
Monday, August 21, 2017
New FactFinder on Radiation Safety for Interventional Spine Procedures »
Find the facts about radiation exposure risk in the performance of interventional pain procedures and what measures are...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
SIS Patient Safety Alert: Sterile Drug Products from Vital Rx, dba Atlantic Pharmacy and Compounding »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 08/10/2017: Sterile Drug Products from Vital Rx, dba Atlantic Pharmacy and Compounding: FDA Alert...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Recall Alert: Sterile Drug Products by Cantrell Drug Company »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 07/26/2017: Sterile Drug Products by Cantrell Drug Company: Recall - Lack of Sterility Assuranc...
Friday, July 7, 2017
FDA Reaffirms its Commitment to Drug Quality and Security Act »
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement reiterating its commitment to the Drug Quality and Sec...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite »
As part of its continued advocacy efforts to help reverse the opioid epidemic in the United States, the AMA launched a mic...
Friday, June 2, 2017
New FactFinder: Systemic Effects of Epidural Corticosteroid Injection »
Find the facts about whether epidural steroid injections can be administered without concern for systemic effects because...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Class I Recall Alert:  SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIB Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators by Zimmer »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 05/31/2017:  SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIB Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators by Zimmer: C...
Thursday, May 25, 2017
No Harmful Effects Identified With Brain Retention From Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Used in MRI »
On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that it has not identified adverse health effects fr...
Monday, May 15, 2017
SIS Recommends Physicians Adopt AMA-Suggested Cybersecurity Practices »
The American Medical Association (AMA) has shared with SIS the following physician-specific precautions and prescriptive r...
Monday, May 1, 2017
New FactFinder: Anesthetic Test Dose and Seizure Risk with CTFIS »
Find the facts about the risks of using an anesthetic test dose in cervical transforaminal injections.   Down...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Recall Alert Update: EpiPen® Auto-Injectors by Meridian Medical Technologies »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 03/31/2017: Mylan Provides Update on Meridian Medical Technologies', a Pfizer Company, Expande...
Monday, April 17, 2017
New FactFinder: Are Gadolinium-Based Contrast Media Safe for Spine Procedures? »
Find the facts about the safety of using gadolinium-based contrast media instead of standard iodinated contrast agents in...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Recall Alert: Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions’ Sterile Compounded Products »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 04/06/2017: Sterile Compounded Products by Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions: Recall - Lack of Sterilit...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Class I Recall Alert: SynchroMed Implantable Infusion Pumps by Medtronic »
  SIS Patient Safety Alert 03/14/2017: SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pump...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Recall Alert: Avella Specialty Pharmacy Injectable Products Labeled “Latex Free” May Contain Latex »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 02/28/2017: Avella Specialty Pharmacy Unexpired Sterile Injectable Products Labeled “Latex Free”:...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Updated FactFinder: Particulate vs. Non-Particulate Steroids for Lumbar Transforaminal Injections »
SIS FactFinders explore and debunk myths surrounding patient safety issues. In an update to a 2013 FactFinder on use of pa...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
SIS Patient Safety Alert: Rare but Serious Allergic Reactions Reported with Chlorhexidine Gluconate »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 02/02/2017: Chlorhexidine Gluconate - Drug Safety Communication - Rare But Serious Allergic React...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
CDC Unveils New Tools and Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids »
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released...

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