To all of my PEI Stroke Recovery readers,
Do you take medications to maintain or improve your health? The majority of people do. What are the dangers of taking meds and what would qualify to be tracked as a medication in your body?
Lets see what health Canada has to say on the matter. Here is a quote from Health Canada's website.
Although the above quote mentions seniors, others as well can be in similar danger. Those of all ages with an acute illness or chronic condition such as a stroke survivor.
What is being done to mediate these risks?
In Canada we have an organization called The Canadian Patient Safety Institute. (CPSI)
The CPSI has produced a brochure called "Safe Care... Accepting No Less" I recommend that all of our readers read this publication. Just click on the above link to access the brochure.
What will this mean to stroke survivors? In P.E.I., we have a patient safety wing under Health P.E.I. and under that wing there are new tools that promote patient safety.
Tool no. one: Home Medication List
Tool no. two: Know Your Medications pamphlet.
These tools are designed to inform and to protect persons that are at risk of miss use and or abuse of medications.
Please print out or pick up your personal copies of these tools and make use of them to protect yourself.
Survivors and caregivers in other provinces and states are encouraged to check with your local health authority for similar tools that are available in your area.
I will post again soon,
p.s. Additional important information from Karen McCaffery of Patient Safety, Health P.E.I.