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 easily can be confused, the list identifies potential complications and strategies to avoid confusion. Medication pairs added to the list for surgery 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.

Ambulatory and office-based surgery program managers can view the list at www.jointcommission.org. Go to "Patient safety" on top navigation bar and select "National Patient Safety Goals." On right-hand side of page, look under "Resources" and select "Look-alike/ sound-alike drug list."