Medication Reconciliation: Avoiding Dangerous Errors - 0513-0000-18-171-H05-P

Medication Reconciliation: Avoiding Dangerous Errors

by Jennifer L. Gibson, PharmD
0513-0000-18-171-H05-P
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Summary:

Medication reconciliation is a comprehensive review of a patient’s active medications during care transitions. It is a strategy that enables healthcare providers to make better prescribing decisions for patients. “Reconciling Medication Information” was added as a Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal in 2005 with the intent to “accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care.” The addition of medication reconciliation as an NPSG created an awareness of the benefits of the service and formalized the process in order to bridge the gap between a patient’s medication history and acute treatments. This CE module provides information about the medication reconciliation process and requirements, as well as the importance of medication reconciliation in improving patient safety.

Objectives:

The goal of this program is to deepen nurses’, advance practiced nurses’, physicians’, and pharmacists’ understandings of the medication reconciliation process and requirements, and to emphasize the importance of medication reconciliation in improving patient safety. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the impact of medication discrepancies on patients and the healthcare system
  • Describe the differences between medication history and medication reconciliation
  • Discuss the healthcare providers’ roles in providing both medication history and medication reconciliation services to patients and to the rest of the healthcare team
 

 
Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physicians and pharmacists.
 
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
 
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
 
Type of Activity: Knowledge
 
Initial Release Date: 03/15/2018; Planned Expiration Date: 03/15/2021