For Your Safety - Know Your Meds
Knowing your medication history is extremely important. You will be asked
for your medication history at most of your health visits, whether a scheduled
visit to your doctor or an unexpected trip to the emergency room.
Knowing the prescribed medications, over the counter medications, and any
vitamins, herbals and supplements you may be taking will help medical
providers keep you safe. This allows providers to be aware of any possible
side effects you may be experiencing as a result of a medication, whether
any of the meds you are taking may cause adverse interactions, or if any
meds may cause complications with medical procedures or other treatments.
Complete a medication history form to the best of your knowledge and include
the name of the doctor that prescribed the medicine, the name of the drug,
and the drug dosage. Also, be sure to share your med form with family
or friends who might be your caregivers. This will protect you in the
event where you may not be able to speak for yourself during a medical
TIPS FOR KEEPING TRACK OF MEDS:
Why do I need a Med Form?
The Med Form helps you and your family track medications you are taking
from prescription to over-the-counter herbals and vitamins. This document
is designed to provide physicians and others with a current list of all
of your medicines. By sharing The Med Form with their providers, patients
become active participants in the healthcare team.
What will the Med Form do?
- Help you and your family members remember all of the medications you are taking
- Provide your doctor(s) and other healthcare providers a current list of
all medicines, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbals
- Detect concerns about medicines by including a comprehensive listing of
medications for your healthcare team
Instructions for the the Med Form:
- Keep the Med Form with you at all times, in case of a medical emergency.
- Take the Med Form with you to all doctor and other healthcare provider
visits (e.g., nurse practitioner or dietitian).
- Write down all of the medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter
medications such as vitamins, herbals and others.
- Include the name of the doctor who prescribed the medication. You may also
write why you are taking the medicine (e.g., high blood pressure, high
blood sugar, high cholesterol). If you are not sure why you are taking
the medication please write "don't know".
- When you are discharged from the hospital, someone will speak with you
about which medicines to take and which medicines to stop taking. Because
patient medications often are changed during hospitalization, it's
important that you complete a new Med Form. Take the new form to all doctor
visits following your hospitalization to discuss it with him or her.
- Remember to update your Med Form when your doctor changes, stops or updates
For more information on Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) please visit: