North Platte, NE, February 26, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Great Plains Regional Medical Center (GPRMC) introduced a new initiative, MedCheck, to help patients in the region and physicians at GPRMC successfully manage medications.
MedCheck encourages patients to prevent a medication interaction by maintaining a current and complete list of all their prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, health supplements and herbal remedies. All are then encouraged to carry this list with them at all times to facilitate accurate medication reconciliation. The initiative is designed to empower patients to become active participants in their health care.
“We believe MedCheck will reduce adverse drug interactions by improving communication between patients and physicians,” says Dr. Jim Smith, Emergency Department Director. “It's about using your medications thoughtfully. Understand what you are taking and why.”
Over the next several months GPRMC is handing out tens of thousands of MedCheck cards. The cards include instructions about how to properly list all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, health supplements and herbal remedies. Large plastic bags marked with the MedCheck logo will also be distributed. Should someone find themselves in an emergency situation, GPRMC requests the patient and/or caretakers put all medications into the bag and bring it to the hospital.
Great Plains Regional Medical Center offers a wide range of services and 22 medical specialties, such as oncology, family medicine, cardiology and OB/GYN on its 40-acre campus. GPRMC is affiliated with 17 university and college programs from five states. Services span departments, specialties and functions, providing residents of west central Nebraska with a full-service medical center.
Media Contact: Laura Liggett