Safe medication practice is a priority at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. Our team of quality professionals has coordinated a consistent team approach to improving medication safety. The Medication Safety Committee coordinates this approach and actively encourages the reporting of all medication occurrences including those that are identified before potentially reaching our patients.
Our electronic medical record includes automatic alerts informing prescribers of patient allergies and adverse interactions.
The Medication Safety Committee recognizes that patients who actively participate in their healthcare are much less likely to be involved with an adverse medication event. We encourage patients to speak-up about concerns they have related to their hospital stay, especially if these concerns involve medications. An easy, effective way to ensure that you receive appropriate medication therapy is to maintain an accurate and complete list of medications you are currently taking. Present this list to your healthcare provider each and every time you seek care. This simple practice has been proven to significantly reduce medication related errors. We have developed a tri-fold Medication Card that can be kept in your wallet and used to record current medications. The cards are available free of charge by asking any member of the care team.