Hospital Workflows: The Key to Better Patient Outcomes

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If your hospital is looking to strengthen patient outcomes, there may be no better area to target for improvement than your workflows. Fine-tuned hospital workflows can reduce the likelihood of staff errors and oversights; eliminate unnecessary redundancies that stifle the delivery of timely, efficient care; improve compliance with critical safety rules and regulations; and ultimately…


4 Ways to Improve Medication Reconciliation in the ED

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The brisk pace of the emergency department (ED) makes it a tricky place to conduct medication review and reconciliation. Add to that the highly variable conditions of patients who come through its doors, and it’s an environment ripe for medication errors. Although strategies for reducing medication errors in the ED aren’t that much different than…


What’s the Patient’s Responsibility in Preventing Medication Errors?

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After refusing to have an infected tooth pulled, Sue’s dentist prescribed amoxicillin to treat the infection. The active 77-year old began having gastric distress after taking only a few pills. But Sue didn’t want to “bother” her dentist by reporting something as “simple” as diarrhea. So she didn’t, despite advice to the contrary from family…


Why Medication Adherence Must Be the Cornerstone of Your QI Program

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Patients don’t take their medicine as prescribed about 50% of the time.[1] And approximately 25% of new prescriptions are never filled.[2] You may already know these statistics. They’ve been cited for years. And that’s the problem: we’re still citing them because they are still true. Nonadherence is a big impediment to getting and keeping patients…


Best Practices to Improve Your Medication Reconciliation NOW

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Thirteen years after The Joint Commission (TJC) established medication reconciliation as a National Patient Safety Goal, ADEs are still a huge problem. It’s believed that preventable medication errors impact more than 7 million patients and cost almost $21 billion annually across all care settings. About 30% of hospitalized patients have at least one discrepancy on…