Help Avoid Mistakes With Your Medicines
Mistakes experienced involving medicines are hazardous and could as well be fatal. Nonetheless, it is a well-known fact that they often happen. For example, a visit to the hospital or a pharmacist may result in wrong medicine prescription or an incorrect amount of the medicine. Ideally, this is a grave scenario which should be avoided. Further, one may fail to take the medicines as prescribed. Basically, this may lead to an overdose or an underdose. Consequently, the medicines will not work as expected and may at times worsen the patient’s situation. Nonetheless, these mistakes are at times avoidable by following some simple yet important guidelines. Speak Up initiative seeks to curb these mistakes through a campaign dubbed “Help Avoid Mistakes With Your Medicine.”
Summary of Brochure
Basically, this brochure outlines key highlights on what to be understood in relation to medicine. Notably, it seeks to point out all the people responsible for patients’ medicines. Further, it breaks down the doctors, pharmacists, and nurses’ roles in the handling of medicines. Additionally, it emphasizes the need for one to make sure that the handwriting on the prescription can be understood. Importantly, it reiterates the need for the medicines to have a patient’s name on them. Moreover, sound advice is given on the need to understand all instructions on the prescriptions (The Joint Commission, n.d.). Consequently, if any instructions are forgotten, the attending doctor or pharmacist is to be contacted immediately. Further, patients are reminded that they too have a say in regard to their medicines. For example, they should ensure that the correct medicine is given and at the right time. Besides, patients are challenged to give feedback if no progress is noted and also engage their doctors in clarifying key questions they may have.
Evaluation of the Brochure
Generally, the brochure outlines very valuable insight which is informative to both the patient and the doctor. Conspicuously, the need of having patients surrender information on their diet or other drugs they may be using conventional or otherwise is lifesaving. Importantly, the brochure educates that some medicines may have allergic reactions with others or if exposed to certain diets. In addition, the insistence that patients should take personal initiative to confirming that the correct drugs based on the prescription are given is important. Indeed, the brochure advises for an exchange of questions between doctors and patient with the latter seeking clarity on matters that they may not understand (The Joint Commission, n.d.). In essence, this is prudent since most people will not ordinarily engage their doctors by asking questions on issues that they do not understand. Further, the brochure proves useful by advising that no question is silly when it involves medicine. For instance, one may engage the nurses on when is it advisable to stop the medicine use or if there are any associated side effects.
In summary, the brochure communicates effectively. Essentially, its language is simple and straight forward. Additionally, its main points of discussion are noted neatly as bullet points. Generally, they are appealing and easy to read. Further, the use of sub-headings which have different colors from the bullet points works well to deliver the message with ease. On the same accord, the message which is communicated is informative. Namely, the realization that medicine safety is not only a doctor’s affair but trickles down to the patient level is paramount. Similarly, the communication on the importance to make sure that the correct medicine both in type and amount is administered is well thought. Consequently, by putting all these measures in practice, a lot of medical errors will be eliminated.
The Joint Commission. (n.d.). Help avoid mistakes with your medicine. Retrieved from http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/speakup_brochure_meds.pdf