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How to connect medication management and black box labels

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2008

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Editor's note: This feature explores problematic Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) standards with expert advice from BOJ advisors. This month, Elizabeth Di Giacomo-Geffers, RN, MPH, CNAA, BC, a healthcare consultant in Trabuco Canyon, CA, discusses challenges surrounding medication management and black box labels. The black box label-a recent focus area garnering more intense scrutiny among hospitals-is designed to warn prescribers of potentially life-threatening complications associated with specific drugs. The warnings are meant to help medical professionals provide the maximum benefit to the patient by prescribing the drug while avoiding common risks and complications.

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