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.
|Know all you can before you leave the pharmacy||Medicine Safety||Tips for Talking to Your Pharmacist - FDA.GOV||FDA.gov|
|A form you can use to keep a current list of your medicines that you can bring to all your doctor visits||Medication Safety||My Medicine Record - FDA.GOV||FDA.gov|
|Good medication safety tips||Medicine Safety||6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes - FDA.GOV||FDA.gov|
|Medication errors are one of the main reasons for health care complications. Following these tips can help prevent errors with your medicine.||Medicine Safety||Medication Safety Tips for Patients||National Patient Safety Foundation|
|Eight simple tips to help you take pain medications safely||Pain Medications||Eight Opioid Safety Principles for Patients and Caregivers||American Academy of Pain Practice|
|Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults||Resource||FDA Medication Safety Resource||Food and Drug Administration|
|Blood Thinner Zone Tool||Resource||Blood Thinner Zone Tool||TMF|
|Video and booklet to help you understand blood thinners||Blood Thinners||AHRQ Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using them Safely||AHRQ|
|Information to help you take your blood thinning medication||Blood Thinners||Blood Thinner Toolkits||MAQI2|
|Information on this side effect of some diabetes medicines||Diabetes||ADA Hypoglycemia||American Diabetes Association|
|Information on diabetes medicines||Diabetes||Diabetes Forecast Magazine: Blood Glucose & Medications||NIH|
|Information on how to dispose of your unused medicines||Medicine Safety||Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know||FDA|
|Learn more about this benefit available to many with Medicare Part D drug insurance||Medicine Safety||Medication Therapy Management||CMS|
|CDC Guidelines for Safer, More Effective Pain Management||Pain Medications||CDC Guidelines for Safer, More Effective Pain Management||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|Patient Education Materials and Resources||Consumer Resources and Education Materials||Food and Drug Administration Medication Safety||Food and Drug Administration|
|Patient Education Materials and Resources||Consumer Resources and Educational Materials||As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines and Alcohol||Substance 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.