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Reducing medical errors by changing medication labels
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Laura Heuer
 

The California state pharmacy board voted last month to require all drug labels to be set in 10-point font to enhance readability. Texas is the only other state that has such guidelines.

The Institute of Medicine found in 2006 that there were at least 1.5 million preventable drug errors each year in the US. The same study found that about 530,000 preventable medication errors occur among Medicare beneficiaries, and that drug labeling was to blame.

Deciphering medication labels can be difficult for caregivers and for seniors. Become a savvy caretaker, whether you’re taking care of children or the elderly. Visit The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education’s page on improving prescription safety.


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Welcome to the Caregiver’s PHR blog – your connection to health information management professionals and other caregivers managing the healthcare of a loved one. Caregivers can be more prepared for the unpredictable simply by keeping a record of their loved one’s personal health information to present to a healthcare provider when needed. As a caregiver, you can often become overwhelmed with the emotional and physical responsibilities involved in this commitment. Just tracking medications and doctors’ visits can seem nearly impossible at times. A personal health record can help ease your mind. We hope you will visit this blog often to interact with experts in the field to seek advice and tips for best practices in creating and maintaining your loved one’s personal health record and the most effective ways to use that information to play a more active role in their healthcare and simplify your life.

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