Preventing Medication Mistakes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Avoiding medication errors is a key to getting the full benefit of any medication, and to help minimize the risk of side effects and other unwanted results. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice on how to make the most of your medication in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Medication mistakes happen every day at the doctors office, hospital, even at home. Some mistakes are more serious than others, but medication mistakes can be prevented.

Here are some basic things you can do to help prevent a medication mistake.

Share with your doctor, nurse and pharmacist a list of your allergies, current medicines, vitamins, herbs and supplements. Ask if there are any of these that you should not take with your new medicines.

Take your medicine as it is prescribed and do not stop taking it without asking your doctor.

When you are in the hospital, make sure the doctor or nurse checks your wristband and asks your name before giving you medicine. Dont be afraid to tell the nurse or the doctor if you think you are about to get the wrong medicine.

When you leave the hospital, review the list of all the medicines you will be taking at home for accuracy. Share the list with anyone providing you with follow-up care.

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