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…


Why Medication Reconciliation Needs to be More Than “Checking the Box”

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In 2002 The Joint Commission established the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program. The objective: “… help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.” Fast forward to 2018, and eight types of facilities now have their own NPSGs, including hospitals, ambulatory health care, critical access hospitals, and office-based surgery. These…


The Medication Reconciliation Process and its Impact on Patient Safety

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Take a guess – how many people in the United States take at least one prescription drug every 30 days? If your first thought was “a lot,” you’re right. According to data from the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two or more….


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…