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Drug Safety

Drug Safety

Many times, older adults take many prescription medications and see several types of doctors. This increases risks of complications and harm.

To avoid medication mistakes, it is important for you to:

  • Keep a list of your medications and share it with your doctors
  • Take your medications as recommended
  • Talk to your pharmacist
  • Ask questions
  • Use resources and medication management tools

Great Plains QIN is partnering with healthcare providers in our region to develop ways to avoid medication safety issues. We are also working to provide education and tools to help individuals better manage and communicate the medications prescribed. We hope, through these efforts, individuals will have better health outcomes and avoid unnecessary medical care.

If you want to be more connected and have accesses to resources, education and information on medication safety  and other related topics, join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network. We welcome your participation. Join today.

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Consumer Documents
InfoCategoryNameSource
Know all you can before you leave the pharmacyMedicine SafetyTips for Talking to Your Pharmacist - FDA.GOVFDA.gov
A form you can use to keep a current list of your medicines that you can bring to all your doctor visitsMedication SafetyMy Medicine Record - FDA.GOVFDA.gov
Good medication safety tipsMedicine Safety6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes - FDA.GOVFDA.gov
Medication errors are one of the main reasons for health care complications. Following these tips can help prevent errors with your medicine.
Medicine SafetyMedication Safety Tips for PatientsNational Patient Safety Foundation
Eight simple tips to help you take pain medications safely
Pain MedicationsEight Opioid Safety Principles for Patients and CaregiversAmerican Academy of Pain Practice
Medicines and You: A Guide for Older AdultsResourceFDA Medication Safety ResourceFood and Drug Administration
Blood Thinner Zone ToolResourceBlood Thinner Zone ToolTMF
Consumer Links
InfoCategoryWebsiteSource
Video and booklet to help you understand blood thinners
Blood ThinnersAHRQ Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using them SafelyAHRQ
Information to help you take your blood thinning medication
Blood ThinnersBlood Thinner ToolkitsMAQI2
Information on this side effect of some diabetes medicines
DiabetesADA HypoglycemiaAmerican Diabetes Association
Information on diabetes medicines
DiabetesDiabetes Forecast Magazine: Blood Glucose & MedicationsNIH
Information on how to dispose of your unused medicines
Medicine SafetyDisposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should KnowFDA
Learn more about this benefit available to many with Medicare Part D drug insurance
Medicine SafetyMedication Therapy ManagementCMS
CDC Guidelines for Safer, More Effective Pain ManagementPain MedicationsCDC Guidelines for Safer, More Effective Pain ManagementCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
Patient Education Materials and ResourcesConsumer Resources and Education MaterialsFood and Drug Administration Medication SafetyFood and Drug Administration
Patient Education Materials and ResourcesConsumer Resources and Educational MaterialsAs You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines and AlcoholSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.

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