5 Tips for Medication Safety in the Home Health Environment
In recognition of National Patient
Safety Awareness Week
(March 8 – 14), the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and the National
Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), are pleased to share some tips for healthcare
professionals (e.g., home healthcare workers and family caregivers) regarding medication safety in
the home environment.
Create a “Medication Safety Zone” in your home— a dedicated area where medications are prepared,
administered or consumed. To promote safety, your Medication Safety Zone should feature:
1. Adequate Lighting
2. Minimal Distractions and/or Interruptions
3. A Tidy & Organized Workspace
4. Prescription Labels That are Easy to Read & Understand
5. A “System” That Works for the Patient and Promotes Adherence.
Do you provide home healthcare services to a friend, family member, or client? You can share some
of your challenges or experiences with USP. Click