medication reconciliation

med·i·ca·tion rec·on·cil·i·a·tion

(med'i-kā'shŭn rek'ŏn-sil'ē-ā'shŭn)
The process of comparing medications that the patient is taking with medications that the health care facility is about to provide so as to avoid harmful interactions.
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medication reconciliation

Any process that ensures that the medications given to and taken by the patient are the same as those prescribed by the health care provider.

Patient care

Medication errors occur frequently when patients suffer new illnesses or when they are admitted to or discharged from health care facilities. Some of these errors may be limited by making certain that patients are educated about new drugs they may need to take and that they understand which of their old drugs must be eliminated from their regimen. The crucial times to reconcile prescribed medications occur at hospital admission, during transfer to and from special care units such as intensive care units, and at hospital discharge.

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Use of bedside nursing handoff promotes staff accountability, two-person lV medication reconciliation, and patient satisfaction.
Officials at the Joint Commission have approved a revised national patient safety goal on medication reconciliation that requires providers at accredited organizations to find out what medications patients are taking when they are admitted to the hospital or arrive at the facility, and compare that information with any new medications ordered.
Discharge instruction, medication reconciliation, transition-of-care coordination, and postdischarge care require close attention and systematic implementation in patients with heart failure due to their high risk of short-term morbidity and mortality.
It was a lively discussion that ended up focusing on the medication reconciliation process, and the problems with obtaining accurate information on 'at-home' medications.
Securely and efficiently improving human-centric, information-intensive processes such as medication reconciliation and patient registration requires an integrated server solution that blends data capture, information assurance, document output, process management and content services.
With medical errors estimated as the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., access to a patient's medication history at the point of care is key to improving the medication reconciliation process and preventing errors.
The nurse carefully hands off to the intensive care unit nurse, coordinates the documentation and medication reconciliation, and communicates the decision-making process and George's status to his very concerned family.
Medication reconciliation takes center stage again as a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows mounting inaccuracies, particularly for trauma patients in rural populations.
In those settings in which medications were used minimally or for a short duration, such as the emergency department, the hospital is required to perform a modified medication reconciliation process.
Finally, medication reconciliation is another area in which physicians can involve patients in their own care and improve quality at the same time.
The largest in the United States, it will connect with other health care organizations to share a patient's medication list, assisting with medication reconciliation and review during Healthcare Clinic visits.
Studies have evaluated medication reconciliation (Kramer et al., 2007; Nester & Hale, 2002; Varkey et al., 2007), the use of computerized physician order entry, (George & Austin-Bishop, 2003), the use of medication protocols (Manias, Aitken, & Dunning, 2005), improvement of nursing students' math skills in order to reduce medication errors (Wright, 2004), and discussions of barriers to medication error reporting (Madegowda, Hill, & Anderson, 2007; Mayo & Duncan, 2004; Stetina, Groves, & Pafford, 2005; Ulanimo, O'Leary-Kelley, & Connolly, 2007).
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