Medical care is complicated, expensive, and time-consuming. The days of “take two pills and call me in the morning” are gone. Healthcare providers are being pressured to see more patients faster, for less money, and with less information than ever before.
If you want the best medical care possible for yourself, your doctors need to know–at minimum–what medical problems you have, what surgeries you have had in the past, what medicines you are taking, and what allergies you may have. When you are sick you have less than 20 minutes (the average length of time spent with the doctor during each office visit according to multiple studies) to provide this basic information before you begin to describe your symptoms, undergo a physical exam, and receive treatment and/or medicines to help you get well.
But what if you can’t remember the names of all of your medicines? What if you can’t remember surgeries you had 30 years ago? What if you don’t know why you have to take a little white pill every day, but just do it because the doctor ordered it? Before you know it, your visit is over and the doctor has moved on to his or her next patient. Did you forget something important? Probably.
But what your doctor doesn’t know may hurt or even kill you. The CDC estimates that 700,000 people will wind up in the emergency room this year because of medication mistakes, and another 120,000 will have to stay at least overnight–if not longer. And the older you are–and the more medicines you take–the higher the chance something is going to go wrong. (For more information, see the article “Medication Safety Basics” on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/medicationsafety/basics.html.)
And that’s just medication errors! Take five different doctors, a long medical history, a complicated illness, and you have the perfect recipe for a disaster.
Prescription RN is an independent nursing service based in Austin, Texas specializing in helping patients and doctors communicate quickly and effectively with one another.
- We provide you with a portable, concise, and up-to-date written record to take to your doctor summarizing your health history, previous surgeries, current medicines, and medication allergies. Your doctors now have your health information at their fingertips while they are making decisions on how best to make you feel better, and your twenty minutes are put to better use!
- We double-check any new treatments or medicines to be sure they are safe and effective for you before you start taking them. While no medical practitioner ever plans to hurt you on purpose, mistakes happen every day. At Prescription RN, we take the time to focus on you–and you alone–so that we know (and remember) the individual details of your health history. We may catch the things your doctors or other providers might miss, thereby avoiding errors that could damage your health or financial well-being.
- We communicate with all of your doctors to be sure they agree on your treatment plan.
- We help you organize your medicines so that you take them exactly as prescribed.
- We monitor your health status and report any changes to your doctors as needed.
- We educate you so that you understand your medical problems and how they are being treated.
- But most of all, we give you the knowledge to help your doctors help you!
Prescription RN gives information that is non-biased, uncensored, and based on over fourteen years professional experience in emergency and home health nursing care. Whether you need help filling your medicine box or making complex medical decisions, we are here for you.
Prescription RN currently services Austin, Texas and the immediate surrounding area. Please contact us for a free initial telephone consultation at (512) 913-5010, or by email at PrescriptionRN@gmail.com.
Together we can give you confidence and PEACE of mind.