medication reconciliation

medication reconciliation

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as comparison of the patient's home medications with the admission, transfer, and/or discharge orders to ensure accuracy and patient safety. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

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.

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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