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Medication Reconciliation: Compliance Increases Patient Safety and Reduce Medication Errors

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THE PHARMACY CORNER

VOLUME

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ISSUE

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NOVEMBER

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Medication Reconciliation

Medical Reconciliation is a standardized process of comparing a patient’s medication orders to all of the medications that the patient has been taking. Medical Reconciliation is a JCAHO requirement and done to avoid medication errors such as omissions, duplications, dosing errors, or drug interactions. It should be done at every transition of care in which new medications are or- dered or existing orders are rewritten. Transitions in care include changes in setting, service, practitio- ner or level of care.

This process comprises five steps: 1) develop list of current medications; 2) develop a list of medica- tions to be prescribed; 3) compare the medications on the two lists; 4) make clinical decisions based on the comparison; and 5) communicate the new list to appropriate caregivers and to the patient.

Patients must be taught about the importance of an accurate and updated medication list, including nonprescription medica- tions and herbal supple- ments, as well as the ne- cessity to bring medication bottles or the most current medication list to every provider visit or hospital at admission. Such education would significantly en- hance the efficiency and accuracy of medication reconciliation. A Pharma- cist advise is available at each step in this process.

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Sharail Smith, PharmD

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