Medication Reconciliation

What is medication reconciliation?
Medication Reconciliation is a process where hospital staff work with the patient and their family/caregiver to make sure that the patient is on the right medication and that they are taking the right dose at the right time.
Why should we reconcile patients medications?
Research suggests that 1 in 2 patients could be taking a medication incorrectly or not taking it at all or taking it with something else that could work against the medication. This can lead to other health problems for the patient if it is not found and fixed.
How do we reconcile medications?
In order to reconcile medications accurately, the hospital staff need to get the most complete list of medications that the patient takes. Medications are not just the pills that the doctor has prescribed to you. The medications that staff will ask you about includes:
  • Prescription medications – as ordered by your doctor; the ones that you are currently or actively taking. The staff would also want to know medications that may have been prescribed to you but that you stopped taking for some reason. This would include any injectables, such as insulin.
  • Over the counter medications – eg. Aspirin, Tylenol, allergy medication, cough medicine, and even creams or ointments.
  • Vitamins / Minerals eg. Multivitamin, calcium, iron
  • Supplements –eg. omega-3, glucosamine, metamucil etc.
  • Eye drops / Ear drops / Nose drops or spray – eg. visine, polysporin drops ·
  • Inhalers
  • Patches
  • Medicated Creams or Medicated Ointments
  • Medication samples – these may have been provided to you by your family doctor or a specialist
What can you do to help? 
Every time you come to the hospital please bring all of your medications with you.  The list above outlines what is considered to be a ‘medication’.  Bring your medications when you come to the hospital for an out-patient appointment with doctor or other healthcare professional; a visit to the emergency department; or a scheduled admission to the in-patient area.

October 2019
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