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Standardized Medication Concentrations (SMCs)

What's New

Covenant Health Edmonton Acute sites will implement the adult insulin standardized medication infusion concentration (1 unit per mL) on June 9th, 2015. The Preprinted Patient Care Order forms (PPCOs) with the new concentration are available to order from Data Group.

Medication errors are the largest identified source of preventable hospital medical errors. Parenteral medication errors, in particular, are nearly three times as likely to cause harm or death compared to other errors. Decreasing the number of concentrations and volume options available for the same medication reduces the risk that someone will select, dispense or administer the wrong concentration. Accreditation Canada has included limiting and standardizing medication concentrations as a Major Test of Compliance under the High-Alert Medication Required Organizational Practice (ROP)