Patients are at high risk for harm from adverse drug events when communication about medications is not clear. The chance for communication errors obviously increases when individuals involved in a patient’s care change. Rest easy knowing that the Stillwater Medical Center team follows careful procedures to communicate about medication lists, making sure your needs are met and reconciling any discrepancies when new medications are ordered or current medications are adjusted. These essential steps reduce the risk of transition-related adverse drug events and help us educate you appropriately as you regain strength.
As the Institute for Healthcare improvement states, medication reconciliation is a formal process of collecting and maintaining a complete and accurate list of a patient's current medications and comparing that list to the physician's orders at admission, transfer, or discharge. Reconciliation involves a three-step process:
(a) verification through collecting an accurate medication history;
(b) clarification by ensuring medications and doses are appropriate; and
(c) reconciliation and documentation of every change.
This process is designed to avoid the most common types of errors including omission of home medications during hospital stay, failure to resume home medications at discharge, duplication of therapy and inaccurate dosages.
Medication reconciliation - just another example of how Stillwater Medical Center makes sure you're safe and secure.
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