Becoming an Active Partner in Your Healthcare
Healthcare providers want to provide you with the best and safest care. Our Vision: Healthy People in Healthy Communities.
Know Your Medicine
- All prescribed medicines
- Sprays, lotions, creams
- Eye, ear, nose drops
- All over the counter medicines
- Any vitamins, minerals, and/or herbs
Keep an updated medication card and bring it with you to all medical visits.
Your list should include:
- Name of medicine
- Purpose – why you take it
- How often you take it
- When you started taking it
Need a Medication Card? Click here.
Medicine Safety Tips
Ask your pharmacist questions if you do not understand something about your medicine.
- Read labels on your prescriptions carefully when you pick them up from the pharmacy.
- Keep your medicine in its original container in a cool, dry place.
- Store all medicines out of reach of children and pets.
- Never give your prescription medicine to anyone else.
- Do not crush, chew or break capsules or tablets unless instructed to do so.
- Never stop taking any medicine unless your doctor tells you to, even if you’re feeling better.
- Take old medicines to your pharmacy for disposal.
- Ask your doctor to write the reason why you are to take a medicine directly on the prescription.
- Take all medicines as directed. Be honest with your doctor about whether or not you have been taking your medicines .
- Know what to do if you miss a dose
Your Role in Preventing Infection
- Clean your hands with soap and water or use waterless hand rub
- Cover your Cough – cough into your sleeve or a tissue , not in your hands!Consider Others:
- Avoid crowds and stay at home if you are sick with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Limit unnecessary contact with others if you are not well or if they are not well.
One Person Can Stop the Spread of Illness – YOU!
Ask, Talk, Listen
Ask Your care provider…
- If they have washed their hands?
- To explain my health problem in a way I understand.
- About medicines I am taking or about newly prescribed medicines.
- How they work, what I should expect, side effects and when to take the medicine.
- Ask a friend or family member to be your patient advocate.
- Be prepared to give a complete medical history (diseases, treatments, tests, current medicines).
- Tell your provider about any chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
- State any allergies you have to medicine, food or the environment.
- Bring a family member or close friend with you to listen, ask questions and help you to understand your health problem.
- Take notes to help you remember.
The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety tells patients to ask 3 key It’s Safe to Ask questions:
1. What is my health problem?
2. What do I need to do?
3. Why do I need to do this?
- When we visit the doctor or other health provider, we need to ask questions to learn how to get better and how to take care of ourselves.
- Don’t be shy. Speak up with your questions. It is your body!
- Write YOUR questions down before you see your healthcare provider.
- Complete a Patient Advocate form.
- For more information go to the website:
or call (204) 927-6477
Don’t just think it…. Say it