Vol. 8, Issue 3 (2019)
Effectiveness of medication reconciliation on reducing medication discrepancies
Dr. Aravind RS, Visweswar Reddy Ega, Apporva Rao, Dr. Nandish C, Dr. Mohammed Salim KT, Dr. Amjatha KI and Dr. Mirsha Khalib M
Preventing harm from medications, or adverse drug events (ADEs), remains a top patient safety priority not only in hospitals but also across the continuum of care for patients. Many organizations have demonstrated that implementing medication reconciliation at all transitions in care — at admission, transfer, and discharge — is an effective strategy for preventing ADEs. 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 comparing that list against the physician’s admission, transfer, and/or discharge orders, with the goal of providing correct medications to the patient at all transition points within the hospital. A retrospective study was conducted at Mysuru for the past 6 months and the overall incidence of medication error was found to be 15.50%. The rate of pre-scribing error was higher than drug duplication and drug interactions. Reconciliation by pharmacists on medication errors on admission and collecting medication histories decreased the opportunities for medication errors which would reduce adverse drug events.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Aravind RS, Visweswar Reddy Ega, Apporva Rao, Dr. Nandish C, Dr. Mohammed Salim KT, Dr. Amjatha KI, Dr. Mirsha Khalib M. Effectiveness of medication reconciliation on reducing medication discrepancies. Pharma Innovation 2019;8(3):411-413.