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Welcome to the WSPA Patient Safety page. Below you will find news and resources to assist you in improving the safety of your patients.   


My Medicine List
The My Medicine List is an initiative by the Washington Patient Safety Coalition to increase patient access to and awareness of carrying a medication list.  The website is patient friendly, discusses the importance of carrying and showing a medication list to all their healthcare providers, and provides a template of many different medication lists so patients can find the one that works best for them.  Best of all, the website is easy to remember at . WSPA has supported the Washington Patent Safety Coalition in their activities to improve the quality and safety of healthcare in our state and for our patients.  For more information about the Washington Patient Safety Coalition visit their webpage. 

Vial of Life
Pharmacists can provide or sell the Vials of Life to their patients to increase medication safety awareness.  The Vial of Life is a not-for-profit group that distributes the vials.  Visit the
Vial of Life website
for more information

Institute for Safe Medication Practices


ISMP states that unless certain precautions are taken, tablet splitting can lead to medication errors...
For more FDA Patient Safety News, visit

Eliminate Dangerous Abbreviations
FDA/ISMP Campaign to Eliminate Dangerous Abbreviations FDA and ISMP have developed new educational tools to help prevent medication errors by eliminating the use of potentially harmful abbreviations, symbols and dose designations...
For more FDA Patient Safety News, visit


Medication Information

Healthwise® Knowledgebase
Centers for Disease Control: A-Z Topics Index
Merck Manual of Medical Information - Home Edition
Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary

·         Health Insurance

    • Understanding Your Health Insurance
    • Medicare
    • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
      • Understanding the US COBRA Law
    • Washington State BenefitsCheckUp
    • Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) HelpLine

·         Are there general health web sites which might also be helpful?

·         Can you recommend some good drug information web sites?

    • MedlinePlus: Drug Information
      • Includes information about over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Can be searched by brand name or generic. Also includes information about over 100 commonly used herbal supplements. Available in Spanish.
    • Drug Digest
      •  Prescription and over-the-counter drug information. Also includes drug interactions information as well as pill images. A database of herbal supplements information is also available at this site.
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
      •  Information about drugs and drug safety. Includes drug recalls and drug approvals as well as information about drug development.

·         Are there books about drug information in the Health Sciences Library?

    • Mosby's Drugconsult. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, c2006.
      Health Reference Books QV 772 P585
    • Deglin, Judith H.. Davis' Drug Guide for Nurses. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Co, c2005.
      Health Books QV 39 D318d 2005
    • Navarra, Tova. The Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements. New York: Facts on File, c2004.
      Health Books QU 160 N321e 2004
    • USP DI. Advice for the Patient. Rockville, MD: United States Pharmacopeial Convention, c2006.
      Health Reference Books QV 740 AA1 U13 2006
      Also available online through

·         Are there additional resources which I might find useful?

    • 7 Steps to Safety - From Drug Digest
      •  Medication errors are more common than we think and can occur in hospitals, pharmacies, or even in your own home. Being an informed consumer can help you to prevent errors. Follow these Seven Steps to Safety to help ensure your safety.
    • Over-the-counter (OTC) Medicines - From
      •  "Over the counter" are medications you can buy without a prescription from your doctor. Chances are, you've used OTC medicines many times to relieve pain and treat symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and allergies. Learn about the most common types of OTC products and how each works.
    • Washington Poison Center
      •  The Washington Poison Center (WPC) is a statewide provider of immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in the case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances. The WPC is accessible toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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