Drug safety


Stop -- Learn -- Go -- Tips for Talking With Your Pharmacist to Learn How to Use Medicines Safely 01/19/09

This brochure offers tips to help patients work with their health care professionals to learn how to use medicine to increase its benefits. It includes a list of things to tell the pharmacist, questions to ask the pharmacist, and suggestions for checking medications before leaving the pharmacy.

Five Steps to Safer Health Care: Patient Fact Sheet 01/16/09

This fact sheet provides steps patients can follow to get safer health care.

Steps include:

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns
  • Keep and bring a list of all the medicines you take
  • Get the results of any test or procedure
  • Talk to your doctor about which hospital is best for your health needs
  • Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
Speak Up Campaign 12/10/08

In March 2002, the Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, launched a national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved, and informed participants on their health care team.

The campaign features brochures, posters, and buttons on the following patient safety topics:

  • Help prevent errors in your care
  • Help avoid mistakes in your surgery
  • Information...
RxFacts.org 10/24/08

RxFacts.org provides physicians with an evidence-based, non-commercial source of the latest findings about the drugs they prescribe. The site includes clinical topic summaries and resources for health professionals as well as information about common health conditions for patients.

The Shared Care Plan Personal Health Record 07/14/08

The Shared Care Plan Personal Health Record is a tool for patient self-management and communication among care team members. It is a personal health record that lets patients organize and store vital health information and then share it with their family, physicians, and others they feel should have access to this information. As a Web-based application that employs user-centered design methodologies, this tool promotes personal responsibility and positively affects patients’ confidence and...

EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) Tools 07/10/08

EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) is an evidence-based, multi-modal patient medication education program. It draws on health behavior change theory and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, including structured medication education, administrative support and staff training, established quality improvement techniques, and consistent use of adjunctive and supportive information technology and automated systems, to maximize the impact of...

Medication Safety Reconciliation Toolkit 07/10/08

The Medication Reconciliation Toolkit helps hospitals establish and implement a standardized medication reconciliation process. The toolkit provides guidance, sample forms, and tips.

The toolkit includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Assessment
  • The project
  • Performance improvement model
  • Spreading and formalizing
  • Reference materials

Automated Telephone Reminders: A Tool to Help Refill Medicines on Time 06/04/08

This easy to understand telephone script is provided for use by pharmacies wishing to provide automated refill reminder calls to patients.

How to Create a Pill Card 05/02/08

This guide will help patients, parents, or anyone who has a hard time keeping track of their medicines create an easy-to-use “pill card.” Step-by-step instructions, sample clip art, and suggestions for design and use will help to customize a reminder card.

This guide is organized into the following sections:

  • How to create a pill card
  • Why create a pill card?
  • What you will need to create a pill card
  • Getting ready to create a personalized...
Medication-Related FDA Patient Safety Videos 03/20/08

These medication-related safety videos from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are provided in cooperation with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The videos are accompanied by written explanations and safety alerts from FDA. New titles are added periodically.

Recent topics include:

  • Rare side effect of codeine in nursing mothers
  • Avoiding dangerous mixups between amphotericin B formulations
  • ...


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