Critical Path Network

Joint Commission revises look-alike/sound-alike list

For the first time in several years, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations has revised the look-alike/sound-alike drug list.

In addition to identifying pairs or groups of medications that can easily be confused, the list identifies potential complications and strategies to avoid confusion. Medication pairs added to the list for home care programs are: hydroxyzine and hydralazine, metformin and metronidazole, and OxyContin and oxycodone. Medication pairs deleted from the list are: cisplatin and caroplatin, fentanyl and sufentanil, lantus and lente, and taxol and taxotere.

Home care managers can view the list at www.jointcommission.org. Go to "patient safety" on top navigation bar and select "National Patient Safety Goals." Look under " 2007 Resources" and select "Look-alike/sound-alike drug list."