What is "Map Your Meds"?
At Sacred Heart Medical Center, we wanted to develop a message that would be easy to convey and even easier to remember. After all, "medication reconciliation" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
MAP Your Meds is this message.
||Monitor your medications by keeping a complete list that includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements. Always take this list each time you see a health care provider.|
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to review (with you) their record and your list to make sure they match. Also, make sure you understand why you are taking every medication. Change the information on your list each time you start or stop taking a medication. Throw away medications you no longer take.
||Prevent medication errors by adhering to this checklist: |
- Keep your medication list accurate.
- Take your medication list each time you go to the hospital, emergency room, or clinic.
- Keep a medication list with you when you travel.
- If you are too sick to do so yourself, ask a family member to show the medication list to your doctors and nurses.
- Make sure your family has your doctor's name and phone number. Keep your list in an accessible location so it is available in an emergency situation.
- When you leave the hospital, talk with the doctor or nurse about the medications you will take at home.