Be better than the average: The Yellow Card App

For the past 50 years the Yellow Card scheme has been an essential patient safety resource. Like the UK’s blood donation scheme it depends on altruism. Reports are made by by patients, carers, and healthcare professionals of suspected adverse drug reactions (side effects) to medicines.

It saves lives. It reduces morbidity. It creates safety information for others.

Yet, the average number of reports per healthcare professional is less than 1 per year.

If you want to be better than the average healthcare professional, then download the Yellowcard app (IOS here and Android here) and take the time to report just one ADR this year.

You have benefited from Yellow Card data if you are a patient or a professional. Give something back. Report the next suspected ADR you come across.

Better still, make it a habit of your professional practice.