Medicine Safety

To give you the best possible treatment, your care team needs to know the details about all the medicines you are taking.

  • Tell your doctors and nurses about all of the medicines you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins. Do not take any of these while in the hospital. Your nurse will give you any medicines you need.
  • Tell your doctors and nurses how you react to different medicines.
  • Ask your doctor about each drug he or she prescribes. Discuss possible side effects and make sure it is safe to take with your other drugs.
  • Make sure your doctor writes the name of the drug clearly.
  • When your nurse gives you medicine, ask him or her what it is. Make sure the medicine is for you. 
  • Your nurse should open all your medicines in front of you. Anytime you receive medicine, a shot or intravenous (IV) fluid, the nurse should ask for your name and birth date. 
  • Write down the time of day you normally take your medicine. If you do not receive it on time, call the nurse.
  • When you are given an IV, ask how long it should last. If it appears to be dripping too fast or too slow, tell the nurse.




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