“Here’s your water, now take your pills.” Sounds pretty simple, right? Actually it may not be that simple. For several reasons, I see that giving/taking medications is becoming more complex in the community but not because of the lack of good people wanting to do what is best, but things like:
- Time restraints
- Lots of medications
- Complex instructions for medications
- More training needed from a “expert”
- Fear of making a mistake
- Distractions, distractions, distractions
We live in a world where medications are becoming a “part of life”, but we MUST do a better job as nurses, doctors, PAs, NPs at properly educating patients AND as patients being more receptive to seeking information on medication giving/taking. It is also important that they have the much needed tools and/or resources so that it’s done as safely and as simply as possible. So what next? The first step is to focus on a policy if you are a business that gives medications and if you are an individual, a tool that makes medication taking easier for you!
I don’t have all the answers, but in a future post I will share tools with you as it may be helpful to the beginning of medication responsibility that we all should take part in.