IV Medication Use Processes in the Operating Room: Using a Human Factors Approach

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Monday, February 22
1 - 2 p.m. (CT)
2 - 3 p.m. (ET)
Noon - 1 p.m. (MT)
11 a.m. - Noon (PT)

Some have titled medication use in the operating room as the “last frontier”. Studies show that 1 error occurs for every 25 medications administered in the OR. Additionally, The Joint Commission and numerous other national regulators and organizations have outlined standards around medication administration and labeling in the OR that could put institutions at risk. Based on this a human factors observational study was conducted at a large academic medical center to identify system vulnerabilities and strategies to reduce those vulnerabilities around the medication use process in the OR. The observations, system vulnerabilities, and strategies to enhance quality and safety around the medication use process in the OR will be discussed.

This webinar will help participants to:

  • Describe the human factors engineering (HFE) perspective and how it can be applied to advance healthcare environments and help proactively minimize and manage risk.
  • Identify and discuss the differences between the system vulnerabilities for preparing medications from a manufacturers drug vial vs. a pharmacy prepared prefilled syringe
  • Explain strategies to improve medication safety during the course of administering an anesthetic for surgery


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ASHRM Members $99 $49
Nonmembers $99


Guest Speaker

A Joy RiveraA Joy Rivera, PhD
Information Systems Engineer
Organization: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

  • Bio
    Dr. A. Joy Rivera, PhD, is an Informatics Systems Engineer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She obtained her BS, MS, and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Rivera’s expertise is in human factors engineering and socio-technical systems theory as applied to the domain of healthcare to improve the quality of care, and increase patient and employee safety. Her specific interests from both an operational and research perspective lie in understanding how healthcare professionals interact with one another to communicate, make decisions, work as teams, problem solve, and recover from system failures such as poorly designed technology. In particular, Dr. Rivera’s work on interruptions in healthcare is novel; providing a unique framing of the problem space and new directions for interruption researchers to design interventions which are more compatible with healthcare delivery and healthcare professionals’ workflows.


Andrew J. DonnellyChristopher Fortier, PharmD, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Bio
    Christopher Fortier is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Fortier received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and completed both a PGY-1 Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. Chris previously was the Manager of Pharmacy Support and Operating Room Services at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center. Additionally, Chris serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.



Continuing Education Credits 

This program is approved for a total of 1.0 contact hour of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and toward CPHRM renewal.

Verification of Participation/Successful Completion
Live Webinars: CEs are awarded after verification of an individual’s full attendance and successful completion of an online evaluation form (evaluation link provided with handout materials).

For CE certificates, each attendee must provide their NAME or ASHRM MEMBER ID# and EMAIL address.

Contact Grecelda Buchanan at 312-422-3984 for more information.

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Cancellation Policy
Registration fees, minus a 50 percent cancellation fee, are refundable only if written notice is postmarked no later than 10 business days before the session date. All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing to: ASHRM, 155 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60606; or fax 312-422-4580.