ANCHOR LEAD: Patients often feel like they’re out of the woods once they’re out of the hospital. Brian Osuch finds out that’s not necessarily true and friends and family play a big part in keeping their loved ones healthy and home. (:60)
SCRIPT: Heath Care Now, I’m Brian Osuch. A recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds nearly 20 percent of patients experience problems within three weeks of discharge from the hospital. Mobolaji Adeola is a clinical pharmacy specialist for Houston Methodist Hospital System…
CUT: (Adeola) The most important thing for patients or their caregivers to do is to report all medications, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements, to their pharmacist. This will help prevent medication errors, dangerous interactions and other complications.
SCRIPT: Experts say pharmacists can play a key role in helping caregivers after a loved one has been discharged from the hospital.
CUT: (Adeola) Pharmacists are the experts on how medications work and any complications or problems that could occur. It is important for patients and caregivers to be in touch with a pharmacist about their medications when they come to the hospital, before they leave and when they get home.
SCRIPT: For more information, go to safemedication.com. That’s Health Care Now from ASHP and the ASHP Foundation.
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