Avoiding Medication Errors

Monday, February 09, 2015

Medication errors can occur in many different settings hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, pharmacies and at home. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on how to avoid these errors.

Dr. Hill:

Todays medicines are extremely powerful and complex. They can be very helpful when used properly. Used improperly, however, they can cause serious harm, even death. Be sure you are making the best use of your medicines by doing the following:

Keep a list of all that you take, including prescription drugs, nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and nutritional supplements.

Tell your health care provider or attending physician on any hospital visits about any medications or supplements that you are taking.

Ask if you should avoid certain foods, beverages, other medicines or activities while you are taking the drug.

Ask questions about anything you dont understand or that doesnt seem right. Be especially alert to unexpected changes, such as a medication that seems to have a different strength or appearance from your original prescription. Be sure to report any unexpected side effects that you experience to your physician.

Ask a friend or relative to help you follow these suggestions if you are too ill.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.