Medicine Safety Checklist
A key point made in the video "Tips for Taking Medicines Safely" on Science Daily is that the biggest cause of medication errors is a lack of communication. A checklist, discussed in the video, will increase communication between patient and doctor and reduce medication errors.
Each item below is discussed in the video:
- Ask lots of questions.
- Carry with you a list of all medications, including all nutritional and herbal supplements, and bring the actual vials, bottles, and boxes in a bag to doctor appointments.
- Ensure the medication given to you at the pharmacy is what you have been prescribed.
- Ask the physician (or pharmacist) about expected side-effects. When you suspect that you may be having a side-effect of a medication, report that to the doctor.
- Ask the doctor whether you will need to be monitored with laboratory tests while on the medication.
- If the prescription is handwritten, ensure that you have no trouble reading what it says.
Watch the 5 minute video: Tips for Taking Medicines Safely
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