CH7368(1of1)Your health and safety are our top priority, and the Department of Pharmacy at Carlinville Area Hospital is a vital part of that commitment. Equipped with 24 hour Pharmacist coverage including automatic medication barcoding, our Hospital pharmacy is focused on clinical excellence and patient safety.

About Your Medications

What is the one thing that nearly everyone coming to the hospital has in common? Medications. We all have taken medications or supplements at some point. Carrying a list of all the medicines you currently take may save your life.

Your medicine can keep you well, ease your pain, and even save your life. But it can also hurt you. That’s why it is so important for all of your healthcare providers to know about every single medicine you take. This includes prescription medicine, non-prescription medicine, alternative medicine and even dietary supplements.

The following are answers to frequently asked questions.

What can you do to prevent problems with your medications?

Make a list of all your medications. Include a description of what each medication is treating, the strength of the medication, how often you take it, and the name and number of the doctor who prescribed it. Share that list with your doctors, pharmacist and other healthcare providers.

Why should I bring my medications?

…to the doctor’s office?

Your physician may not be aware of medications prescribed by other doctors, or any over-the-counter drugs you might be taking, such as vitamins and nutritional supplements.

…to the Emergency Department?

This is a critical time to have your medications with you.
•The Emergency team is not familiar with you or your health history.
•The Emergency team does not know what medications you take.
•Depending on your illness or injury, you may be unable to tell the Emergency team what medications you take.

To prepare for an emergency situation, make sure a loved one knows where you keep your medications (or your medication list) so he or she can bring them to the hospital.

…to my pre-surgery appointment?

If you are scheduled for surgery, you’ll most likely have an appointment scheduled prior to the day of your surgery to discuss the steps you need to take to prepare for your procedure. It’s important to have all your medications with you at this appointment because some medications—for example, blood thinners like Coumadin—can potentially cause life-threatening problems during surgery.

What do I need to bring?

•All prescription medications
•All over-the-counter medications
•Any vitamins or supplements (including nutritional or herbal supplements)
•Eye drops

Physicians prefer that you bring the actual medication bottles with you. However, if you choose to bring only a list with you, make sure the list is up-to-date and includes the dosage that you take each day. If you have questions regarding your medications and what you should bring with you to appointments, speak with your physician or pharmacist.

What else can I do?
•Remember to keep track of allergic reactions or other problems.
•Make a list of any allergies or problems you have with medicines, foods, latex, etc., and what happens to you when you take or use them.