• Recipient of the HealthGrades 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Three Years in a Row (2007-2009)
• Ranked Among the Top 5% of All Hospitals in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2009
• 1 of only 242 Hospitals in the Nation to Receive the HealthGrades 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™
What You Need to Know
While you trust the knowledge and judgment of your caregivers, your understanding of the medication(s) you are taking is crucial to the safe and accurate use of those medications.
What You Can Do
Print a Medication Wallet Card.
• Try to use only one pharmacy.
• Let all of your doctors and pharmacists know the following:
– All prescription and over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, herbs, vitamins and home remedies you are using.
- Any allergic reactions you may have had.
• Learn about your medications.
– Read the information you are given with a new prescription.
– Ask questions.
• Use and store medication safely.
– Follow directions exactly.
– Measure carefully.
– Keep in the original container.
– Store according to directions.
– Keep out of reach of children.
– Throw away expired medications.
• Carry a current medications log with you at all times.
While in the Hospital
• Ask your caregivers about all of the medications you receive.