Medications are used to treat diseases, manage conditions and relieve symptoms. They are generally safe when used as prescribed and as directed on the label, but there are risks to taking any medications.
Our goal is to ensure that you are taking any necessary medications in the appropriate way. Here are some ways you can help us ensure your safety when taking medications.
1. Bring your medication bottles with you to all visits.
This includes clinic, hospital and Emergency Department visits. If you take any supplements or vitamins, bring those with as well.
2. Keep an updated list of medications with you at all times.
This can be a written list on a sheet of paper or a picture of your pill bottles stored on your phone. You never know when an emergency might arise, and we want to make sure our list matches yours.
3. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about your medications.
It’s important for you to be aware of any potential side effects or risks. If you are unsure or experience any complications, speak with your provider.
Snap It or Pack It: Your Choice for Your Safety
During 2018, SEMC will focus on a medication safety campaign called Snap It or Pack It. The campaign encourages patients to choose one of two practices, whichever is preferred by the individual, to promote safe medication use.
Snap It: Take a picture of your medication bottle(s) on your phone and bring it with you to every visit. Be sure to update your picture if your medication list changes.
Pack It: Bring your medication bottle(s) or list with you to all visits, including clinic, hospital and emergency visits. SEMC has a variety of different sized medication bags available for patients. If you’d like a complimentary bag to store and carry your medications, please stop by the Business Office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and ask for one.
As always, your safety and well-being are our priority.