Medication Safety is a key to safe care. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System wants you to know as much as possible about your medications. Download a Medication Safety brochure
The following tips will also help keep you safe:
- Rid your medicine cabinets of old or expired medications.
- Bring your medications to your doctor or pharmacist for review.
- Obtain copies of all your healthcare records and keep them in a safe place.
- Write down and carry with you a list of all prescription and over the counter medications, supplements and vitamins (including doses), as well as any allergies. Write down and carry with you the names and numbers of all of your healthcare providers and pharmacies.
- Identify an advocate (either family member or friend) who can accompany you and ask questions on your behalf.
- Talk with your family or other close individuals about what your preferences are for your healthcare, in case you are unable to speak for yourself.
- The SVMHS mobile app lets you store all this information and more on your smart phone.
Download a Medication List
or enter the information on your iPhone or Android device with the SVMHS mobile app.
The Medication list helps you keep track of all of the prescription medications and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take at home. You can get these forms from many places such as hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies and health fairs. Take the list with you and give copies to each of your doctors, your pharmacist and your dentist. Have them help you update the form if your medications change.
Consumers: Keep an updated copy of the form in your wallet/purse so it will be available at all times, even in the case of an auto accident. This will give EMS and Emergency Departments access to this vital information. Take it with you to the hospital when you are scheduled for inpatient admission or outpatient services. Give it to the emergency medical workers if you have to call 911. If you are admitted to the hospital, your medications may change. When you are discharged, many hospitals will give you a form that lists the new medications and any old medications that you are to continue taking. Make sure to keep the form updated and take it with you to share with everyone who had the old form.
How should the Medication List be used?
You can use the form and write on it, or you can download it to your computer and keep it electronically. (Suggestion: download a blank copy and name it "Medication List." Then customize a form for each of your family members and save it as "Mom Medication List," "Dad Medication List," etc.)
For more information:
National Patient Safety Foundation: http://www.npsf.org