Improve Medication Reconciliation, Stage-By Stage

 

A recent study from Johns Hopkins University found that medical errors kill more than 250,000 patients per year in the US, making it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. While not all of those deaths are directly caused by poor medication reconciliation, medication errors are a significant contributor to what is clearly preventable harm.

At DrFirst, we believe that quality medication reconciliation sets the cornerstone for patient care throughout the hospital stay, ultimately resulting in better patient safety. We are dedicated to helping hospitals achieve high quality patient care through improving the people, processes, and technology used in medication reconciliation.

Here are some things to consider as you look for ways to improve your own hospital’s medication reconciliation process:

  • Do patient interviews for medication history take more than 10 minutes?
  • Does your staff need to manually document medication history from the patient interview?
  • Are your policies and workflows inconsistent across shifts and departments?
  • Do you have gaps in your external medication history data such as missing sig fields?
  • Are there mismatches between your NDC and inpatient formulary?
  • Answering yes to any of the above questions means that your medication reconciliation process is in the Challenged State.

At DrFirst, we’re passionate about helping hospitals improve their medication reconciliation and enhance patient safety.

Download our position paper on medication reconciliation!