WAEH supports the Worldwide Patient Safety Initiative to address LASA
Eye and Ear related Medication Errors of the American Association of Eye
and Ear Centers of Excellence (AAEECE).
The LASA (Look – alike – Sound – alike) Issue: some examples **EXAMPLES OF LOOK-ALIKE OPHTHALMIC MEDICATIONS**
Normal Vision Viewpoint and Impaired Vision viewpoint
In an operating room a nurse mistakenly selects a cyclopentolate 1%
2mL ophthalmic solution instead of a tropicamide ophthalmic solution 3mL
from a standardized dilation tray.
A physician dispenses a 2.5 mL diclofenac 0.1% solution instead of a
flurbiprofen 0.03% 2.5mL solution to her patient in her medical office.
These are just some examples of ophthalmic medication related LASA
medication errors that occur on a daily basis worldwide in hospitals,
pharmacies, physician offices, ambulatory clinics, or in a patient’s
Worldwide Patient Safety Initiative
In an effort to directly address these medication safety issues that
affect our hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and patients on a
daily basis, the AAEECE strongly recommends that pharmaceutical
manufacturers address all issues that contribute to existing LASA eye
drop related medication errors.
goal of the AAEECE is not to support the solution that is the most
popular but instead to continue to raise public awareness, to share
feedback and collect more data from supporters and patients worldwide,
and then to systematically evaluate which proposed improvements have the
potential for application and benefit.
Wilmer Eye Institute: #1 ophthalmology research program in the U.S
As the #1 ophthalmology research program in the U.S., Wilmer Eye Institute has a big presence at the nation’s biggest ophthalmology research meeting. Here’s a look at what some Wilmer presenters will be talking about at ARVO 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avb_UrZGLRU
International Schwartz Rounds: looking for panelists
During the coronapandemic the WAEH together with the team from Moorfields organized two webinars about the Schwartz Rounds. This year we would like to organize these rounds again and are looking for panelists! Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects […]
Dutch BICAT study proves safety and effectiveness of immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery
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Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Understanding the impact of “hand‐holding volunteers” providing theatre support during surgery ‐ The patient perspective
News from our founding member: Moorfields Eye Hospital The majority of cataract, and some glaucoma eye surgeries is undertaken using local anaesthetic and can be uncomfortable for patients and make them feel anxious. This can be very unpleasant and cause anxiety in patients. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust uses volunteers in a “hand‐holding” role to provide comfort […]
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