Avoid Drug Poisoning

Label the medications properly

After you have bought the medications from the suppliers, and stored them in a safe and dry area. The next step would be to label them correctly with administration instructions. This avoids confusion in the event another staff member decides to give the medication. If the patient has to carry the medications home, advise him/her on how to properly take the medications.

Watch out for allergies

This is a common mistake made even by the most experienced medical professionals, which often results in injuries. Before you administer the drugs, enquire from the patient whether he/she is allergic to a given medication or ingredient. This helps you give the right drug thus reducing the chances of poisoning.

Don’t ‘treat’ side effects

When the patients are taking the medications, they will always have side effects. For example, they might have stomachaches, diarrhea, headaches and many others. Depending on the way the patient is explaining it, you might think that he/she is suffering from another condition thus forcing you to prescribe additional medications. Which are unnecessary.

When you treat side effects with other medications, you put the patient at the risk of developing a reaction as the drugs react. To avoid this, when a patient comes with a condition, you should take your time to understand the history and what might be the cause. If the cause is a side effect, don’t prescribe any more medications.