Medication Safety

Monday, July 16, 2012

While you are in the hospital, you can play a part in your care by taking a proactive role in your health care. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about a patients role in medication safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pharmacists in hospitals and health systems play an important role in preventing medication errors. To make sure you use medicines safely and effectively, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists provides these tips:

Keep a list of all medications that you takeprescribed drugs, nonprescription medicines, herbal supplements and home remediesand medicines that you cannot take due to allergic reactions, and share those with your doctor or pharmacist.

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

Ask for any written information available on the drug product.

Question anything you dont understand or that doesnt seem right. Be especially alert to unexpected changes, such as receiving a prescription refill that seems to have a different strength or appearance from your original prescription.

Remember that when youre in a hospital, you can always ask to speak to the pharmacist if you have questions about your treatment or medications.

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