GBMC and Patient Safety: Medication Reconciliation
Look to this page for the latest information on the implementation of Home Medication Reconciliation throughout GBMC. Medication Reconciliation is an effective process to reduce errors and harm associated with loss of medication information as patient transfers throughout the care community and hospital.
Background InformationAcross the United States, approximately 1.3 million people become ill or have adverse side effects from medical therapy each year. In GBMC's continuing effort to improve patient safety, the JCAHO patient safety initiative - Medication Reconciliation - was placed in effect January 1, 2006. Medication reconciliation requires that a complete and current list of a patient's medications be obtained upon admission, updated during the course of care, and communicated to next care provider.
Medication reconciliation helps avoid transcription errors, omissions in a patient's chart, and works to prevent duplication of therapy as well as drug interactions. These benefits are accomplished by comparing all prescribed medicines with those listed on a patient-provided list of medications. Upon discharge or transfer, physicians are required to communicate a list of prescribed medications their patient is taking to the next healthcare provider, ensuring a continuum of care.
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