While you are a patient at Dana-Farber, you may receive medications to treat your illness. The doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who take care of you will do everything they can to keep you safe during your treatment.
But even in the best hospitals,medication errors can happen. Studies show that up to 7 percent of inpatients are injured because of mistakes with prescribed drugs.
Your care is a team effort, and you are an important member of the team. You and your family can help prevent medication errors.
Your doctors need information about your medications to make sure new prescriptions don't cause problems.
You can help make sure you get the right medication at the right time.
Your prescriptions will probably change after treatment ends.
One of the most important things you can do to make your medication use safe is to ask questions when you don't understand what is happening, or something doesn't seem right to you.
What you need to know about medication safety (adults) What you need to know about medication safety (children) Lo que usted necesita saber sobre la seguridad con la medicación (adulto) Lo que usted necesita saber sobre la seguridad con la medicación (pediátrico)
Print out a medical information card and use it to record your medications and important health information. Bring this card to medical appointments and to the hospital. Keep copies where others can find them in case of emergency - in your purse or wallet, and in the glove compartment of your car.
Medical information list Informacion médica
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