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Preparing For Your Visit

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
  • Allergies

Important Information About Yourself

  • 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.  

Allergy information

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
  • Latex
  • Iodine
  • Environmental allergies (hay fever, dust, mold, etc.)  

Current medications

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

Helpful Reminders

  • 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.  

How can you get involved?

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