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Medication Safety at Mid Coast–Parkview Health

Help Prevent Medication Errors

Man checking medication safetyMid Coast Hospital is committed to avoiding medication errors. It is important that ALL of your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking. For your safety, it is best to keep a medication list with you at all times. This will help to avoid errors and harmful drug interactions.

Keep Track of Your Medications

A Personal Medication Card will help you keep track of your medications, proper dosage, and purpose. It is important to include ALL medications including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. This should be reviewed at every medical appointment and updated when you change, stop, or begin new medications.

Understand Your Medications

Take an active role in your healthcare and learn about each of your medications. Here is a list of things your should know and understand about every medication you take:

  1. The name of the medication.
  2. The reason you are taking the medication and what it is supposed to do.
  3. When and how to take the medication, and for how long.
  4. What to do if you miss a dose.
  5. Foods, drinks, and activities (including being in the sun) to avoid while taking the medication.
  6. Possible side effects of the medication and what to do if you experience them.

Ask Questions

If you would like more information about the medications you are taking, ask your provider or pharmacist. Your healthcare team can also help with finding lower cost medications and treatments. Remember to ask your provider about what medications may not be needed and if there are other treatments that may be more helpful.

Use Medications as Intended

Using medications as they are intended is important for your health and safety. Every time you take a dose, read the label to make sure you are taking it the right way. Use your medications only as prescribed and never share prescriptions with others. Medications should be stored in a safe place. When you discontinue taking your medications, properly dispose of them to prevent misuse and pollution. Learn more about safe and confidential medication disposal at your local police department.

 

 

Medication Safety - Know Your Medications
 

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