Reading Assignment: Article
Teaching adults SAFE medication management.
Yetzer EA, Goetsch N, St Paul M.
Rehabilitation Nursing. 2011 Nov-Dec;36(6):255-60.
One in nine visits to the emergency department is the result of a drug-related adverse event and is possibly preventable (Zed et al., 2008). The rehabilitation nurse has the opportunity to teach adults a comprehensive medication management plan that will help reduce medication errors. Most patients have minimal medication experience or instruction; this article documents the effectiveness of using a S = systematic, A = accurate, F = functional, and E = effective instructional methodology to help patients learn about their medications. The methodology helps rehabilitation nurses teach the average patient about handling, absorbing, and implementing the information. This article presents detailed instruction about the salient points of the SAFE instructional program. Several figures, a checklist, and pictures demonstrate the techniques utilized. Prevention of medication errors is emphasized throughout.
PMID:22073505[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE
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- Identify the meaning of the acronym SAFE as used in the article
- Describe the reasons for making and carrying a medication list
- Identify the reasons for discussing medications with the health-care team
- List three components of appropriate medication use
- Differentiate between allergies, side effects and interactions
- Describe two methods of documenting patient teaching regarding medication management
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