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I have been a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and most importantly a patient advocate for over 20 years. I have worked in hospitals, homes and as a private consultant, always teaching patients how to speak up for themselves and to make well informed healthcare decisions that are right for them and help them to avoid all types of Medical Errors. The many things I have seen in healthcare led me write "What Did the Doctor Just Say." In it are all the steps every patient needs to take to remain safe in the healthcare system and avoid medical errors. My personal goal is help to save 100,000 people from the horrors of a medical error and I wrote What Did the Doctor Just Say? to help make that happen.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Do You Know Enough About Your Medications?

It is estimated that medication errors harm as many as 1.5 people each and every year. Injuries from medication range in severity from a simple itch to organ failure and death. Up to 70 percent of all medication errors could be prevented if those taking them knew how to take their medications safely. Medication safety is only possible when you know what medications you are taking, why you are taking them, how to mix them with your other medications and how to recognize a negative reaction to a medication and what to do about that reaction. Whew!!! that's a lot of information. Of course you can get all the questions you should ask and answer before taking any medication in WDTDJS, you can also check out the following link to they have a great website and you'll learn a whole lot about your medications and how to take them safely.

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