Unfortunately, medication errors happen. Nationwide, it has been
estimated that more than 7,000 deaths occur annually because of
John Dempsey Hospital follows the guidelines established by the
Institute for Safe Medicine Practice that address medication errors,
system-based issues, and provide recommendations, and also employs new
technologies and standards of operation to eliminate medical errors.
Prevention of medication errors is one John Dempsey Hospital’s most
important goals toward becoming the safest hospital in Connecticut.
Here’s what you can do to help prevent medication errors.
- Inform your health care team of all medications you are
currently taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins
- Do not take medications that you brought to the hospital from
home. Give them to your health care team or someone to take them
home for you.
- Ask about your medications – what they are, when they are given
and what side effects should be expected and reported.
- Let your health care team know if you have any allergies to
medications or drugs, or if you have had previous reactions to
drugs, food or latex.
- If you have medication allergies, wear your green bracelet at