Adverse effects of medication
These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.
The following tools are available:
- High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of...
This supplemental appendix for the Translating Research into Practice for Postpartum Depression (TRIPPD) effectiveness study provides a set of tools to facilitate diagnosis, follow-up, and management of postpartum depression.
The tools available in the supplemental appendix include the following:
- Immediate action protocol
- Nurses follow-up call form
- Physician-to-nurse referral form
- Medication chart
- Sheet of medication side effects...
This guide for payers, plans, provider groups, patient advocacy groups, and all medication therapy management service providers discusses the rationale for including comprehensive medication management services in integrated patient-centered care. It provides the key steps necessary to promote best practices and achieve meaningful quality improvements for patients, while reducing costs associated with poor quality outcomes. The guide focuses on the decisions surrounding the comprehensive...
MedWatch is a free tool for providers and consumers that offers many ways to help them stay informed about the medical products they prescribe, use, or dispense every day. MedWatch provides safety alerts directly to users through the channel they select, such as mobile text messages or e-mail. Safety messages cover human drugs, medical devices, vaccines and other biologics, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
Subscription is required. Standard text messaging rates apply for...
The Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) is a computerized information database designed to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) postmarketing safety surveillance program for all approved drug and therapeutic biologic products. The FDA uses AERS to monitor for new adverse events and medication errors that might occur with these marketed products.
Reporting of adverse events from the point of care is voluntary in the United States. Health care professionals and...
iGuard.org is a Web-based medication monitoring service for consumers that helps monitor the safety of medications (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, nutritional supplements, and herbal extracts).
iGuard.org helps patients stay safer by:
- Routinely checking the safety of medications, screening for drug-drug and drug-disease interactions
- Alerting patients and their doctor (optional) as important safety information arises about the...
This free booklet and video educate consumers about blood thinner medicines.
The 24-page booklet explains how blood thinners can help prevent dangerous blood clots from forming and what to expect when taking these medicines. It includes the following information:
- About your blood thinner
- How to take your blood thinner
- Check your medicine
- Using other medicines
- Possible side effects
- Stay safe while taking your blood...
This fact sheet provides tips on how to avoid medication errors in the following settings:
- Personal/home care
- Ambulatory care/outpatient clinic
- Hospital inpatient care
This tool can help patients keep track of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs that they take. It is available as an interactive online tool and as a PDF document that can be printed out and filled out by hand. The PDF document is also available in Spanish.
This record helps patients capture the following information about their medicines:
- Name of medicine or product
- How much do I take?
- When and how do I take it?
- Why do I take it?
The goal of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative is to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm. This toolkit is designed to assist all types of organizations, whether caring for inpatients or outpatients or using an electronic medical record, a paper-based system, or both.
This toolkit is designed to help:
- Make the case for prioritizing medication reconciliation as...