oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Medication reconciliation is an essential role for the pharmacist : review
|Article Title||Medication reconciliation is an essential role for the pharmacist : review|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmaceutical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Sunward Park Hospital and 2 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2016|
|Pages||17 - 21|
|Keyword(s)||Essential role, Medication reconciliation and Pharmacist|
Adverse drug events (ADEs) have been found to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in healthcare systems around the world. More than 50% of ADEs are preventable, and have been demonstrated to be the result of an incomplete medication history, prescribing or dispensing error, and the over- or underuse of prescribed pharmacotherapy. The main aim of implementing medication reconciliation in a hospital setting is to avoid ADEs, a prevalent patient safety issue. Medication reconciliation is the process of creating the most accurate list possible of all medications a patient is taking, including drug name, dosage, frequency and route, and then comparing that list against the admission, transfer, and/or discharge orders. Medication reconciliation is one of World Health Organization's High 5s initiative to improve patient safety. The implementation of the International Standard Operating Procedure for Medication Reconciliation led to a 50% reduction in medication discrepancies in developed countries. Implementing the medication reconciliation in the hospitals of South Africa may reduce medication errors.
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