Medication Reconciliation And Prevention Of Medication Errors

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Medication Reconciliation and Prevention of Medication Errors
Kakeela S. Coaker, RN, BSN
Spring Hill College

Medication Reconciliation and Prevention of Medication Errors
Adverse drug events are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and represent a significant financial burden to healthcare institutes at an estimated cost of $5.6 million per hospital per year (Meguerditchian N, Krotneva, Reidel, Huang, & Tamblyn, 2013). According to The Joint Commission (2006), medication reconciliation is the process of comparing a patient’s medication orders to all of the medications the patient has been taking. This reconciliation is done to identify and resolve medication discrepancies, which are unintended or unexplained differences among documented medication lists across different sites of care (Myrka, et al., 2011). Medication reconciliation was first introduced by the Joint Commission in July of 2004 and was announced in 2005 as National Safety Goal #8 to “accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care.” (The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert, 2006). Medication errors have always been present in the health care system, but over the past several years agencies have become involved in decreasing medication errors for patient safety. Also, facilities must comply with the Joint Commission standards to maintain their Joint Commission Accreditation. It has been proven through multiple studies that medication reconciliation…
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