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Safety Consideration for Administering Intravenous and Subcutaneous Prostacyclins to Pulmonary Hypertension Patients in the Hospital Setting

Martha Kingman


Jennifer Priziola


K. Jones

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Conference: 2011 PH Professional Network Symposium

Release Date: 09.22.2011

Presentation Type: Abstracts

M Kingman, DNP1; J Priziola, PharmD, BCPs2; K Jones, RN3 

1. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 
2. William Beaumont Hospital
3. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

PURPOSE: This project involved developing recommendations for the safe administration of IV and SQ prostacyclin medications in the hospital setting.

BACKGROUND: Prostacyclin errors are not uncommon and can be life-threatening.

METHODOLOGY: Phase 1 -National survey identified common errors and best safety practices. Phase 2- Development of safety recommendations which included safety measures from other high risk medications, and input from PHRN and SLC of PHA.

FINDINGS/OUTCOME: Creation of safety considerations for IV/SQ prostacyclin inpatient policies.

IMPLICATIONS: Prostacyclin infusion errors occur and safety practices should be considered. Further research, should be conducted to better determine effectiveness of safety measures.