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Patient Safety at CMH

Prevent Mistakes with Your Medicine

  • Have prepared a list of the following you are currently taking to give to your doctors, pharmacists, and other caregivers:
    • Prescription medications
    • Over-the-counter medications
    • Vitamins
    • Diet supplements
    • Natural remedies
    • Amount of alcohol you consume each day
    • Recreational drugs
  • Make sure you can read the handwriting on your prescription. If you are unable to read it, there is a chance that the pharmacist may not be able to read as well.
  • If you have questions about your medication, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
  • If you are supposed to receive medicine at a certain time and don’t get it, speak up.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there is any written information about your medication, if it’s safe to take with other medications, what the side effects are, if there are any special instructions for your medicines, how long you should be taking your medication, if you can cut or crush your medication, and if it’s safe to consume alcohol.

Source: The Joint Commission