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BEST PRACTICES: Medication safety during care transition

How to conduct medication reconciliation as part of the transition of care for hospitalized patients is described in a clear, step-by-step process.  As hospital discharge approaches, a medication reconciliation can be used to look for drug interaction problems, identify medications prescribed by different physicians, and make sure that drugs prescribed long ago are still appropriate.  The best practice for taking a medication history is itemized.

This article is FREE FULL TEXT on the web as of this writing (8/7/15).

Source: Sponsler, K.C., Neal, E.B., and Kripalani, S. (2015, June). Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 82(6), 351-360. Full text free here: http://www.ccjm.org/uploads/media/Sponsler_MedicationSafety.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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