Medication Safety - UtahHealthInsight works to improve the health and safety of people receiving healthcare. Better awareness about drug safety is important for this goal. Awareness alone is not enough. We can also TAKE ACTION to reduce medication errors. Some examples of possible medication errors are:
- A missed dose
- Taking a medication at the wrong time
- Not taking a medication prescribed by a provider
- Interactions between different drugs (including over-the-counter, herbals and supplements)
- Prescriptions for medications that may cause harm in the elderly
- Duplicate prescriptions from different providers
Community teams are coming together from across America to reduce medication errors. This effort, the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy (PSPC) 4.0 Collaborative, is work of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The PSPC Collaborative is in its fourth year (4.0). Teams share what works and doesn’t work as part of an “all-teach, all-learn” process. This approach produces results. Success stories come from across the United States. To learn more, click here.
Teams from New Mexico and Utah continue their participation in the collaborative. In 2012, Nevada teams join them in this work. All have the same goal – improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions and patients with more than eight medications. How do we do this? By building connections between pharmacists and doctors. But that isn’t enough.
You can help reduce medication errors, too. Create a list and take this with you to each healthcare visit. Your doctor provides better care when you share about care you receive from other doctors.
- Know what medicine you take and why
- Know what a dose is and when you take each dose
- Know who prescribed each medicine
- Don’t forget to include over-the-counter medicines and all supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs, even some foods and herbal teas interact with medicines)
- Keep open communication with your Pharmacist as a resource to help you understand your medicines
- NEVER take prescription medicine that has been given to a different patient