Medication Safety

Be Safe With Your Medication
Medicines are generally safe when used as prescribed or as their labeling describes. There are, however, risks in taking any medicine. Each year in the United States, adverse drug events—injury resulting from the use of medication—result in over 700,000 visits to hospital emergency departments. Many adverse drug events are preventable. Patients and caregivers can help reduce the risk of harm from medicines by learning about medication safety.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 





General Medication Safety

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How to make it easier when your health –and your life – depend on it. Learn more in this colorful brochure. Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene  Other Languages: Spanish, Chinese, Creole, Russian 

It is very important that you continue to take your medications as your doctor ordered them. If they do become damaged or lost, follow the instructions in this 1 page guide to learn how to replace them as quickly as possible so you can stay healthy.


 
HIGH-ALERT Medications

Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen
A 2 page guide. Safety Tips and medication facts including, special instructions and precautions as well as side effects to report to your doctor. Source: Institute for Safe Medication Practices 

Lantus (Insulin Injection)
A 2 page guide covering safety tips and facts about Lantus (insulin-glargine).  Also discusses, common-side effects and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).  
Source: Institute for Safe Medication Practices 

Lovenox (Enoxaparin) 
A 2 page guide covering safety tips and facts about Lovenox (enoxaparin), which is a blood thinner.  The guide covers how to inject enoxaparin,  signs of bleeding or clotting.
Source: Institute for Safe Medication Practices

A 2 page guide covering safety tips and facts about NovoLog (insulin aspart), which is a rapid-acting form of insulin.  The guide covers includes signs of hypoglycemia low blood sugar).
Source: Institute for Safe Medication Practices

A 2 page guide covering safety tips and facts about Warfarin, a blood thinning medication. The guide covers signs of bleeding and clotting, and foods high in Vitamin K that should be avoided, while taking Warfarin.
Source: Institute for Safe Medication Practices

     
Children and Medication Safety

Speak Up - Prevent Errors in Your Child’s Care
Your child’s health and safety are important.  You can make a difference in your child’s care by asking the right questions and being actively involved. This brochure has tips to prevent errors in your child’s care. 
Source: The Joint Commission

When given as directed, OTC cough and cold medicines help treat your child’s symptoms. But like all medicines, they have risks if misused.  This 1 page guide gives tips on how to safely give and store these medicines.
Source: OTCsafety.org






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