Hospitalized patients were often clueless when asked about their medications, with almost all of them unable to name all their medications…
Interesting! You know, if there was a way that could make keeping track of your medications simpler… some kind of medication chart, perhaps….?
The majority of the participants, 81%, said seeing a hospital medication list would improve their satisfaction with the care they received; however, only 28% reported that they saw such a list.
So, why do we have to wait for the hospital to provide the medication chart? If you’re using the drug chart available in yesterday’s post (Becoming a Heart Warrior, Part II) you’ve already got a medication chart. Just add or subtract to it as needed.
In olden days whenever you went to a doctor for the first time you had to fill out the Initial Visit Paperwork – now it seems like you have to fill out a new form every time you go. 99.9986% of the time, the form asks what medications you are taking.
I take so many that it would take all day to fill out that section of the form! And have you ever noticed that the section of the form where you write down your meds is ridiculously small? There’s no way I can get all my medications and the dosages in that tiny box!
Now, I just write three words: See medication chart. And when I hand the form back to the receptionist, I just give her my medication chart to photocopy.
And I’m done; now I can settle down and read those eight month old magazines.