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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

Checklists to Improve Patient Safety

AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust has just released a series of 10 evidence-based checklists for improving patient safety in these areas:

  1. Adverse drug effects
  2. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  3. Central line-associated blood stream infections
  4. Early elective deliveries [Cesarean]
  5. Injuries from falls and immobility
  6. Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers
  7. Preventable readmissions
  8. Surgical site infections
  9. Ventilator-associated pneumonias and events
  10. Venous thromboembolisms

For additional information, ‘change packages’ for each checklist topic are available on the AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network [HEN] web site at www.hret-hen.org.

Source: Checklists to improve patient safety; signature leadership series. Health Research and Educational Trust in partnership with American Hospital Association, June 2013. http://www.hpoe.org/Reports-HPOE/CkLists_PatientSafety.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org