AAEECE Worlwide Patient Safety Initiative Proposed Solutions Rating Worksheet for PATIENTS

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1. HOW MANY DIFFERENT EYE OR EAR MEDICATIONS HAVE YOU USED OVER THE LAST YEAR FOR YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION(S)?
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2. PRINT THE DRUG NAME ON THE TWIST OFF CAP OF EACH PRODUCT.
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3. PRINT THE DRUG'S NAME ON A PROTECTIVE PLASTIC SEAL THAT WRAPS AROUND THE CAP AND MUST BE BROKEN TO USE THE DRUG.

NOTE:This additional safety system would only help patients until the plastic seal is removed and discarded upon first use.
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4. USE VARIOUS LETTERING STYLES AND SIZES TO MAKE THE DRUG NAMES LOOK DIFFERENT ON PRODUCTS.

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5. CONSIDER THE ADDITION OF TALL MAN LETTERING SYSTEMS ON LABELS. SEE EXAMPLES BELOW:

EXAMPLES: TobrADEX and TobrEX * AZopt and COSopt * XALatan and TRAVatan
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6. USE NEW WAYS OF COLOR-CODING LABELS ON DIFFERENT LOCATIONS OF THE PRODUCTS.

EXAMPLE: Color-code the tips of twist off caps and/or the neck of bottles.
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7. BOLD/DARKEN AND EXAGGERATE THE SIZE OF DRUG'S STRENGTH ON THE PRODUCT LABEL.

EXAMPLE: Pilocarpine 1%

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8. BOLD/DARKEN AND EXAGGERATE THE DRUG'S STRENGTH SIZE DIRECTLY ON THE BOTTLE'S TWIST-OFF CAP.

EXAMPLE: Pilocarpine 2%

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9. MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR ONE SIDE OF ALL 6 SIDED BOXES (PREFERABLY ONE OF THE SIDE PANELS)TO INCLUDE :THE BRAND AND GENERIC NAME, COMPANY NAME, AND PACKAGE SIZE PRINTED HORIZONTALLY AND IN LARGE, BOLD/DARK PRINT).

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10. CHANGE THE EXISTING COLOR CODING SYSTEM THAT REQUIRES ALL EYE DROPS IN THE SAME FAMILY TO HAVE THE SAME COLOR TWIST-OFF CAPS AND MOVE THE COLOR TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OPHTHALMIC BOTTLE.ALL BOTTLE CAPS WOULD BECOME WHITE CAUSING PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO READ THE LABEL TO PICK THE DRUG RATHER PICKING THE DRUG BASED ON THE CAPS COLOR.

EXAMPLES: PILOCARPINE 0.5%, 2% and 4% ALL HAVE GREEN CAPS
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11. MAKE ALL OPHTHALMIC BOTTLES ONE SHAPE AND ALL OTIC BOTTLES ANOTHER/DIFFERENT SHAPE.

*This will be especially helpful for sight impaired patients.
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12. MAKE ALL OPHTHALMIC AND OTIC BOTTLE SIZES BIGGER IN SIZE SO LARGER LABELS WITH BIGGER LETTERS CAN BE USED.
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13. ASSIGN SPECIFIC COLORS TO LABELS, BOXES, AND/OR CONTAINERS SO THAT NO TWO PRODUCTS HAVE THE EXACT SAME COLOR SCHEME.

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14. CREATE UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL SHAPES FOR EYE/OPHTHALMIC PRODUCTS.

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15. STUDY WHICH COLORS ARE EASIEST FOR PATIENTS TO READ ON DRUG LABELS AND ONLY USE THOSE COLORS.

*Helpful for color-blind and other patients who cannot differentiate colors
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16. ADD RAISED SYMBOLS OR BRAILLE (LETTERING FOR THE BLIND)ONTO BOTTLES AND BOXES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY OR CANNOT SEE AT ALL CAN IDENTIFY THEIR EYE MEDS.
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17. ADD A RED BOX AROUND THE DRUG'S EXPIRATION DATE SO PEOPLE CAN FIND AND READ THEM MORE EASILY.

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