Members of the care-giving team verify that the correct patient is receiving the correct medication by checking the patient's ID bracelet against his or her medical record. Pharmacy and Nursing staff also double-check medication orders before the first dose is administered.
How you can help:
- Bring a list of medications you're taking with you to the hospital, including over-the-counter medications as well as prescriptions. Also bring a list of vitamins, supplements or herbal products you're taking.
- Alert your nurse, physician or other caregivers of medication allergies.