I am sure that many of you have heard the saying "What you do not know can not hurt you." From much experience I know that just is not true in many cases, especially in healthcare. Consider these cases if you will:
Because I am previously involved in alcohol and other drug research, I have the opportunity to hear many stories from recovering alcoholics. One story related directly to care this person was receiving for a persistent cough. The patient's doctor had prescribed cough syrup with codeine; the patient reported to fellows at an AA meeting that she wanted to drink it all at once. Clearly, the codeine appeared to her addictions. A doctor who had been aware of her past and who knows the problems with narcotic substances for recovering alcoholics would never have made this prescription.
Failure to know what medications a patient is taking account for many … Read More