Back of the EMS / ED Drug Flashcards

All of the Important Information!

  • 1 – The Generic Name of the Drug with tallMAN Lettering (where appropriate): tallMAN lettering is special labeling from The Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) for look-a-like drug names. It is used on drug labels and electronic drug orders to help prevent medical errors.
  • 1(a) – Look-alike / Sound-alike Drug Names: The Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) identifies drugs that have a high error rate involving confusion of drugs with similar names. (appears when appropriate)
  • 2 – Approved Indications: Identifies common uses for the drug.
  • 3 – DEA Schedule: Identifies if a drug is classified as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If it is, the schedule is indicated.
  • 4 – High Alert: Identifies drugs which the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) has listed as requiring greater attention from the worker to prevent medical errors that may injure the patient.
  • 5 – Pediatric Dose: Lists the published recommended dose for pediatric patients without other mitigating health conditions.
  • 6 – Hazardous: Indicates whether a drug has been designated a hazardous compound by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).
  • 7 – Common Adverse Effects: A list of commonly seen adverse effects in patients.
  • 8 – Adult Dose: Lists the published dose for adult patients without other mitigating health conditions
  • 9 – Precautions: Identifies factors that should influence the decision to use a medication, or its dosing.
  • 10 – Important Notes: Lists important information about the medication.
  • 11 – Contraindications: A list of reasons that a drug should NOT be used in a specific patient.
  • 12 – Onset of Action: Indicates the time period before the beneficial effects of a drug begin to occur.
  • 13 – Pregnancy: Identifies whether a drug is considered safe to use in pregnant patients.