Patient safety is our first priority at
Shawnee Mission Health
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.
- Current medications
- Pharmacies (with phone numbers) where
you fill your prescriptions
- Medical conditions
- Keep a current list of your doctors and
other health care professionals you see. It is also helpful to bring a list of
the pharmacies that fill your prescriptions and phone numbers.
- Keep a current list of your medical
conditions including chronic illnesses. It is difficult to remember this
information when you are in a stressful situation.
- Frequently check this information to
make sure it stays accurate and up-to-date.
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:
- Medication allergies or sensitivities
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies (hay fever,
dust, mold, etc.)
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, including prescription and over-the-counter
medicines. 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. 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
- Bring all medications you are currently
taking to the hospital with you.
- Do not put one medication in a bottle
labeled for another.
- The health care team may ask when you
last took your medicine.
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