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Reducing Risk of Refrigerated Medication Errors

Posted on Apr 08, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

reducing risk of refrigerated medication errors

Medication management throughout the health system is complex and challenging. Medications requiring storage at specific temperatures bring an added level of complexity. Proper processes, tools, equipment and planning can help reduce risk and improve storage safety and security.We worked with Dr. Jessalynn (White) Henney, PharmD, who currently serves as the Medication Safety Director at Community Health Network (CHNw) to uncover how health systems can improve the safety and efficiency of their refrigerated medication storage.

This article covers the following topics on safely storing refrigerated drugs throughout the healthcare system:

  • Factors Influencing Dispensing Errors
  • Automated Dispensing Cabinets
  • LASA and Lookalike Medications
  • Reducing Risk of Errors
  • Refrigerated Medication Storage
  • Improving Refrigerated Storage

Dr. Henney brings her experience from working with multidisciplinary teams on the strategic oversight of medication safety, for both acute care and ambulatory care services, focusing on all steps of the medication use process.


Refrigerated medications heighten challenges related to safe and secure drug storage throughout the health system. Pharmacists play an important role in reducing risk of medication errors. The right processes and planning ensure the right medication is delivered to the right patient at the right time. In addition, new storage technology can help alleviate the burden of storing medications at refrigerated temperatures throughout the hospital.

Download the full refrigerated medication safety article at the link below.

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Miranda Schroeder

Written by Miranda Schroeder

Helmer designs, manufactures, and sells reliable medical-grade refrigeration. Miranda specializes in the pharmacy segment in regards to proper cold storage for refrigerated and frozen medications and vaccines.

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