The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 82 percent of adults are on at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more. As such, medication errors are quite common. An approximate 700,000 emergency department visits every year are attributed to adverse drug events caused by medication errors.
Mayo Clinic experts have indicated that medication errors are as a result of poor communication between the healthcare providers, and between the providers and the patients. To keep safe, ensure that you:
- Review the medication list with the health provider
- Save information sheets from medication
- Avoid using someone else’s prescription
- Asks questions to seek clarification
- Have an updated list of all your medications including prescriptions and supplements.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.