Manno M, Hayes DD. How medication reconciliation saves lives. Nursing2006. Mar 2006;36(3):63-64.
Medication reconciliation is defined by IHI’s 100,000 Lives Campaign as “the process of creating the most accurate list possible of all medications a patient is taking — including drug name, dosage, frequency, and route — and comparing that list against the physician’s admission, transfer, and/or discharge orders, with the goal of providing correct medication to the patient at all transition points within the hospital.” It’s also among the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s (JCAHO’s) 2006 National Patient Safety Goals. In this article, the authors explain how medication reconciliation works and offers tips about compiling accurate and complete lists.