Patient safety is our first priority at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and each patient plays an important role on our health care team.
Bringing the following information with you to the hospital helps our health care team avoid delays in treatment and reduces the risk of medical errors often caused by a lack of information. Be sure to prepare this ahead of time in case your trip to the hospital is sudden.
Create a list of any allergies you have, along with what type of reaction occurs when you are exposed. Here are some examples you might include:
One of the most important pieces of information you can provide to your health care team is a current list of the medications you are taking. Not only does this help ensure you receive the best possible care and most appropriate treatment plan, but it is also crucial to keeping you safe. Your list should include prescription medications, as well as any over-the-counter medications you are taking. Include everything from aspirin and eye drops to vitamins and/or any dietary or herbal supplements. You should also include a list of any vaccinations you have received and the date they were given.
Be sure to include the following information for each:
Name of the medication, dosage and when you take it. Be sure to update your list each time a new medication is added or if the dosage amount changes. This should be done for both prescription and over-the-counter medications.