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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

Medicines Include:

  • 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
  • Dose
  • 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.

Talk

  • 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.

Listen

  • 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:
    www.safetoask.ca
    www.mbips.ca
    or call (204) 927-6477

    Remember…
    Don’t just think it…. Say it

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