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Archive July 2018 XIX, No. 7

Ideas That Work: Medication Services

Which Drugs Did Patients Receive?

DETAILED DRUG INFORMATION Send patients home with educational handouts about the medications they received during their stay.

If your state requires you to provide patients with a list of all of the medications they received or were prescribed during their stay at your facility, here's a free and easy way to do so. Go to and look up the medications your surgeons, anesthesiologists and CRNAs frequently administer to patients. Your list might include fentanyl, atropine, ephedrine, labetolol, glycopyrrolate and ondansetron. For each drug, make several printouts of the free patient education materials, which cover anticipated results, potential adverse reactions and potential side effects. In the patient's chart, we note which drugs we gave on a checklist form. We hand that form to the recovery room nurse so she can compile a packet of the drug handouts from an accordion folder that we store in PACU. We could verbally tell patients which drugs we gave them and still comply with the law, but we found printed materials to be more effective, especially if a patient has a reaction at home and can't remember the name of the drugs she received.

Rose Ellertson, BSN, RN
Desert Endoscopy Center
Tempe, Ariz.

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