| Posted On Mar 05, 2012 | By:

What’s in a Name? Safer care, for one.

When you check in at a Harvard Vanguard or other Atrius Health doctor’s office, one of the first things you’re asked to do is verify your name and date of birth.  Next, when you are brought to an exam room, the medical assistant asks you the same question.  If you need to take any medicine while you’re there…same question.  If you go to the lab or to x-ray…”Can you please verify your name and date of birth?”  Some of our patients say,

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| Posted On Mar 21, 2011 | By:

Medication Safety at Home

Recently, a number of factors have led to a fairly rapid rise in serious and fatal medication errors occurring in the home.  As our population ages and more and more people are taking multiple medications, studies suggest that many errors are directly related to combining prescription medications from different health care providers who were unaware of all the medications – including over the counter medications and herbal or vitamin supplements – being taken by patients. 

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