Any medicines you brought from home. Don’t take your own medicine unless your doctor says it is ok. Tell your nurse if you take your own medicine.
Know about the medicine that you will get in the hospital. Speak up if you think you are getting the wrong medicine or getting a medicine at the wrong time. Know or ask for:
Names of the medicines
What each medicine does and its side effects
What times you should get them in the hospital
Help Improve Safety in the Hospital
Expect that all medicines should have a label with the name of the medicine on it. All syringes, tubes, bags, and pill bottles should have a label. If you do not see a label, ask your nurse what the medicine is.
Ask your nurse if you are taking any “high-alert” medicine. These medicines can cause harm if they are not given the right way. A few high-alert medicines are blood thinners, insulin, and narcotic pain medicines. Ask what extra safety steps are being taken.
When to Call the Doctor
Call you doctor if you have concerns about hospital errors.
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.