How can you educate patients to prevent medicine error?

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2020 | Pharmacy Medication Errors Defense |

New York pharmacists have a high risk job. It is important to take care of the patient’s health and well-being. It is also important for pharmacists to take measures to protect themselves. 

Today we will look at ways to protect yourself as a pharmacist. We will look at medicine error prevention. In particular, we will focus on patient education. 

The importance of patient’s education 

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) looks at key points of medicine error prevention. Patient education is one of the major points in doing this. It is a crucial part of an error prevention program. An educated patient can safeguard against errors. It is empowering. They are active participants in their own healthcare. It also helps patients recognize if something they do is dangerous or poses a hazard. 

So what can you do to ensure you educate your patients? How can you help prevent medicine errors in this way? Some ways include: 

  • Telling patients not to share their medications 
  • Teaching them about proper drug storage 
  • Telling them proper drug disposal methods 
  • Reminding them to check expiration dates 
  • Encourage them to learn about drug warnings and potential interactions 

The importance of basic patient safety 

You can teach other basic patient safety in this way, too. For example, everyone should know to keep their medicine out of their children’s reach. Your patients should also understand the importance of knowing their medicines. They should know them by indication and name. 

Also, all medicines should come with an information sheet. You should encourage patients to read this information sheet through all the way. Empower your patients to learn about their medications. By doing this, you improve safety for everyone. 

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