Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Patient Safety Member Alerts keep orthopaedists informed of significant events, announcements
Patient Safety Member Alerts are another way that AAOS keeps fellows informed of significant events or announcements that could affect patient safety, such as product recalls or safety alerts. In 2003, three Patient Safety Member Alerts were issued:
Patient Safety Member Alerts are sent via e-mail and fax to those members for whom the AAOS has e-mail addresses or fax numbers. If your e-mail address or fax number is not on file with the AAOS, please stop by AAOS Online, the Internet Communications Committee booth located across from the Resource Center, and leave your e-mail address and fax number with any staff member there. This will ensure that you receive timely notification of issues that affect patient safety. AAOS currently has 60% of its Fellows' E-mail addresses, but our goal is to drive this number to 100% in 2004.
- FDA issues MedWatch Alert on Roxanol (morphine sulfate) concentrated oral solution, notifying members of serious adverse events and deaths resulting from accidental overdose of high concentration morphine sulfate oral solutions due to mistakenly prescribing milligrams rather than milliliters.
- Ortho Biotech issues nationwide alert on counterfeit product labeled as PROCRIT®, notifying members of the discovery of 40,000 units of counterfeit Procrit.
- CDC reports new case of allograft-associated infection with knee ligament, notifying members of a case of invasive disease with Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus-GAS) after reconstructive knee surgery using contaminated allograft tissue.
Last modified 01/March/2004