Medication reconciliation: A practical tool to reduce the risk of medication errors

Pronovost P, Weast B, Schwarz M, et al. Medication reconciliation: A practical tool to reduce the risk of medication errors. Journal of Critical Care. 2003;18(4):201-205.

This article discusses a study to reduce medication errors in patient's discharge orders through a reconciliation process in an adult surgical intensive care unit (ICU). A discharge survey, initiated within 24 hours of ICU admission and completed on discharge, was implemented as part of the medication reconciliation process. Use of the survey resulted in a dramatic drop in medications errors for patients discharged from an ICU.

 

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