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The Safety Blog serves to highlight patient safety news, stories, and initiatives aimed at upholding our mission: safe care for every patient, every time, everywhere.

Arizona CERT – Mi Registro de Medicamentos (En Espanol)
June 19, 2011

Arizona CERT – Mi Registro de Medicamentos (En Espanol)

La primera página incluye instrucciones con ejemplos y información personal y información médica general. La segunda página incluye preguntas para hacerle a su médico o farmacéutico. PDF version

How can we make health information understandable?
June 18, 2011

How can we make health information understandable?

We endure a daily barrage of confusing and contradictory medical information: emails, banner ads, news articles, TV shows. It can be overwhelming. How can we make health information understandable? That’s what Health Literacy Month (October) is about. Founded by Helen Osborne in 1999, this is a “time for organizations and individuals worldwide to promote the importance…

The Joint Commission – Speak Up™ My Medicine List
June 18, 2011

The Joint Commission – Speak Up™ My Medicine List

The first page includes a simple table organized by category of medicine. This table includes space for alcohol and recreational drugs. The second page includes directions with personal information and general medical information. This document can be trifolded to fit into a wallet. PDF version

Harney District Hospital – My Medication List
June 17, 2011

Harney District Hospital – My Medication List

The first page includes minimal directions with personal information and general medical information. The list of medicines starts on the first page and continues to the second page. The list is not organized into a table form. This PDF version allows data to be entered in and printed but not saved. PDF version

Accountability is not always about one person
June 17, 2011

Accountability is not always about one person

I have found during my experience as both a nurse and quality professional that frontline staff’s perception of medical errors is of a punitive nature. Even questions asked about what could potentially harm your patient today, while in your care, provoke that look of fear and sometimes even defensiveness. There truly appears to be a…

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and American Pharmacists Association – My Medication Record
June 16, 2011

National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and American Pharmacists Association – My Medication Record

The first page includes a fairly detailed table with no specific organization. The second page includes personal information, general medical information and a recommended list of questions to ask health care providers. PDF version

Oil well blow-outs and other disasters
June 16, 2011

Oil well blow-outs and other disasters

The deep-water oil blow-out and recently capped “leak” (which seems like an inadequate word) in the Gulf is nauseating in its own right when one considers the environmental effects. Because this is a patient safety blog I’ll turn my thoughts a bit to disasters and tragedies and how they make me reflect on safety issues….

Indiana Community Health Network – Pill Box
June 15, 2011

Indiana Community Health Network – Pill Box

This free application for your iPhone or iPod Touch allows you to manage and reference information about your medicines through an informative database. The database can link to your schedule and contacts. You can also keep separate lists for each of your family members or dependents. Link to download

On being a passenger on the way to the NPSF Congress
June 15, 2011

On being a passenger on the way to the NPSF Congress

Welcome to the inaugural blog of the Washington Patient Safety Coalition! We welcome your comments and suggestions for topics. In May I had the opportunity to attend the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress for the first time.  I’ll share my two major impressions, one of which is directly related to the event’s content and the other…

MyMedSchedule.com
June 14, 2011

MyMedSchedule.com

A free web-based or iPhone/Android tool to manage your medication schedule.

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