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Our employees work hard to find information relevant to you everyday operations. This section highlights information on drugs, FDA releases, best practices tipes and more. Most of our articles are showcased in our monthly newsletter, the Consultant Connection. Sign up today to be sent the latest articles via email.

Continuing Education Webinars

As nurses, we are always on the lookout for continuing education classes to maintain and improve our practice. ICP is pleased and proud to present the following webinar: Read More

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Drug Allergies

Is My Patient Really Allergic To All Those Medicaitons?
Accurate assessment and documentation of a patient’s allergies is a vital step in quality patient care.  However, this may be easier said than done. Teamwork is needed- patient, physician, nurse and pharmacist, to ensure the patient is not at risk from improper evaluation and recording of drug allergies.

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Medicaiton Errors" Significant or Non-significant and How to Avoid Them


From a regulatory viewpoint and the State Operations Manual (SOM) there are clear definitions of what is and is not a significant medication error.

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Sleep Studies made Easy by ICP, Inc.

Available April 1st, 2018, ICP, Inc. is introducing portable sleep study availability to your facility. It’s So Easy...


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OHCA Convention & Expo

ICP will be exhibiting at the Ohio Health Care Association Convention & Expo on May 1 & May 2, 2018. The conference is held at the Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH.

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OALA Spring Trade Show

ICP will be exhibiting at the Ohio Assisted Living Association Trade Show at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on May 14, 2018. 

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) 

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization solely devoted to preventing medication errors. 

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Disposal of Controlled Substances in Long Term Care Facilities

Effective April 1, 2018, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy implemented new rules intended to reduce the potential for drug diversion of controlled substances and to curb the opioid crisis in Ohio. 

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Tall Man Letters

Tall man (uppercase) letters are used within a drug name to highlight its primary dissimilarities and help differentiate between other drug names that are similar in appearance.

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New FDA Drug Safety Communication on Biaxin (clarithromycin)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) to patients with heart disease because of a potential increased risk of heart problems or death that can occur years later. The recommendation is based on our review of the results of a 10-year follow-up study1 of patients with coronary heart disease from a large clinical trial that first observed this safety issue.
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Frequently Asked Questions Related to LTC Regulatory Guidance Released by CMS

CMS has released a 25-page document containing questions and answers related to Appendix PP regulatory guidance, the survey process, and other technical questions. Numerous topics are covered, with Pharmacy Service questions found on pages 5-8. “As needed” orders for anti-psychotics, proper classification of medications, and appropriate handling of pharmacist recommendations are specifically covered.

The FAQ document is available at https://tinyurl.com/ICP-CMS-FAQ

CMS states that the FAQ document will be updated frequently with answers posted on the LTC Final Rule webpage.


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Phishing

Phishing is a type of cyber-attack used to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information via electronic communication by impersonating a trustworthy source.  For example, an individual may receive an e-mail or text message informing the individual that their password may have been hacked. The phishing email or text may then instruct the individual to click on a link to reset their password. In many instances, the link will direct the individual to a website impersonating an organization’s real web site (e.g., bank, government agency, email service, retail site) and ask for the individual's login credentials (username and password).  
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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Long-Term Care (LTC) newsletter

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is offering a worthwhile free quarterly LTC newsletter.

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ICP's 2018 Infection Control Education Series

It is no secret that Federal citations related to Infection Control continue to be a frequently issued tag. Navigating changes in the rules and guidelines required for a successful Infection Control Program in your building may be a bit easier with assistance from multiple sources. 

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What is Prediabetes?

It is estimated 86 million people in this country over age of 20 have pre-diabetes.  Diabetes mellitus is a chronic, progressive metabolic condition characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin action, insulin secretion, or both.  If a person has pre-diabetes they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within a decade unless a healthier lifestyle is adopted that includes weight loss and more physical activity.

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Safe Injection Practices in Long Term Care

As a result of the White House Conference on Aging updating the infection prevention and control program, which included an antibiotic stewardship program with protocols monitoring antibiotic use. This no doubt has a direct impact on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule, especially Phase 2 and Phase 3 taking effect November 28, 2017 and November 28, 2019, respectively. A huge portion of infection prevention and control is adhering to safety and prevention policies, one of which is safe injection practice.

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Understanding Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood glucose level less than 70 mg/dL according to American Diabetes Association.  However, each person’s reaction to hypoglycemia is different, so it’s important that caregivers learn the signs and symptoms when a resident may be experiencing hypoglycemic a reaction.

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Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis seen in association with skin psoriasis.  Skin psoriasis is a scaly red skin lesion that occurs on the skin (elbows, knees, and scalp).  Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and it may affect just one joint or multiple joints. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are both autoimmune conditions.

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Resident Rights 

Nursing Facilities must promote the rights for each resident, including any who face barriers (such as communication problems, hearing problems, and cognition limits). A resident, even if he or she is determined to be incompetent, should be able to assert these rights based on his or her degree of capability.

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Oxycodone IR VS Oxycodone ER: Know the Difference

Medication errors due to look-alike sound-alike drugs are common and a concern for the nurse.  When receiving orders, transcribing orders and administering ordered medications, important steps must be taken to provide a safe environment for patients.   Oxycodone hydrochloride is an opioid painkiller. It is found in some prescription medications such as Percocet, Oxycontin, and Roxicodone.

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