Medication reconciliation is really revolutionizing patient safety with regards to safe medication practices. Now patients can come to hospital and feel confident and at ease that their medication regimen at home has been fully evaluated before any changes are made. It is rewarding to know that patients are on their right medications at admission and that their care won’t be negatively impacted due to an unintentional change or omission to one of their medications. All patients deserve this kind of care!”
Lead Medication Reconciliation Pharmacist, Saskatoon Health Region
Medication Reconciliation (MedRec) is a process where health care providers work with patients and their families to ensure medication information is transferred accurately and completely at every stage of care. This includes admission and discharge from a hospital or whenever there is a change in care setting, service, or level of care. Medication Reconciliation at admission, discharge, transfer and end of service are required organizational practices for Accreditation Canada.
Communication with patients and between health care providers is important to reduce medication related adverse events. Medication Reconciliation ensures that clinically important home medications are continued while in hospital, dosages are correct and not inadvertently duplicated, and post-hospitalization instructions are complete. A recent study of Medication Reconciliation at admission found that this process reduced medication-related adverse events by 43 percent.
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