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Reading Assignment: Article

Teaching adults SAFE medication management.

Yetzer EA, Goetsch N, St Paul M.

Rehabilitation Nursing. 2011 Nov-Dec;36(6):255-60.

One in nine visits to the emergency department is the result of a drug-related adverse event and is possibly preventable (Zed et al., 2008). The rehabilitation nurse has the opportunity to teach adults a comprehensive medication management plan that will help reduce medication errors. Most patients have minimal medication experience or instruction; this article documents the effectiveness of using a S = systematic, A = accurate, F = functional, and E = effective instructional methodology to help patients learn about their medications. The methodology helps rehabilitation nurses teach the average patient about handling, absorbing, and implementing the information. This article presents detailed instruction about the salient points of the SAFE instructional program. Several figures, a checklist, and pictures demonstrate the techniques utilized. Prevention of medication errors is emphasized throughout.

PMID:22073505[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE

Full-text online: Available to Marianjoy Associates only via Hospital Network


  1. Identify the meaning of the acronym SAFE as used in the article
  2. Describe the reasons for making and carrying a medication list
  3. Identify the reasons for discussing medications with the health-care team
  4. List three components of appropriate medication use
  5. Differentiate between allergies, side effects and interactions
  6. Describe two methods of documenting patient teaching regarding medication management

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  1. After reading the article, there is a short post-test on the Learning Link. By signing up for this month’s article, the post-test will automatically be loaded on your Learning Link plan. You must complete the post-test on or before July 31 and score at least 80% correct to earn CE credit.
  2. As part of the requirements to earn the CE credit, you must participate in a discussion about the article. This discussion will take place via e-mail. A Nursing Journal Club designee will generate the discussion on July 9. You must respond / participate in the discussion at least 1 time by July 27 to be compliant.
  3. An evaluation of this learning opportunity is required to obtain the CE credit. A link to the evaluation will be found in the post-test.

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