Assuring Medication Accuracy at Transitions in Care

Many hospitals receive patients in large numbers. Some of these patients suffer different chronic illness and have a long medical history. They make several visits to the hospital and served by different professionals. The specialist relies on the compilation of their medical history and previous medicine taken, to give medication orders. So the hospital must be in a position to give proper documents to show their history and the patients must avail these documents whenever visiting the facility, but this is not always the case. The situation may lead to improper prescription. So how do hospitals assure medication accuracy in transition care? Here are some ways.

Transition to electronic medical records. (EMR)

Record keeping is one of the biggest challenges at a typical hospital. A single patient may see many specialists within the same medical facility, yet these specialists may rarely have time to discuss that patient together. Tracking the different medicines the patient has taken and all of the different procedures he or she has experienced can be difficult when using an older medical records system. If the records are not well kept and easily accessible, this can lead to problems with double-prescribed medications and other serious errors.

EMR integration software can provide a transition to a computerized records system that helps act as an additional error check. EMR integration allows medical professionals to take and enter a complete medical history of every patient without worrying about overly technical data entry. it also allows them to move data from one storage location to another with ease.

In addition, testing programs to store data can also fall under the umbrella of EMR integration. Any system should be thoroughly tested before it is implemented to be sure that there are no security holes and no risks of improper storage or data loss. Proper EMR integration will look at all of these during the transition from your current system to future systems

Systemic Strategies

Underlying all these basic strategies, successful administrators demonstrate a commitment to a systematic approach to medication management. To get the right drugs and dosages into the right hands at the right time, appropriate systems must be in place and safety protocols must always be consistent and repeatable.

Best systemic practices in medication management cover a lot of ground. Strategies can be incredibly detailed. A few that are absolutely worth implementing include the following:

Get stakeholders involved- Staff, physicians, and pharmacists all should have a chance to offer input into the plan since they will be the ones to put it in practice. Transfers are crucial.

Check the labels of everything coming from home or from the hospital. Read back phone orders and don’t hang up without verbal verification. Such follow-ups will ensure accurate information to work with and make the right decision.

The management should put in place correct protocols and system to be followed. Frequent review of the persons responsible for dispensing medications, it enables us to give different people the right medication at the right time.

By incorporating the above strategies and technological software in our hospital will help us compile the best medical history from patients. Comparing the information with admission or discharge orders when giving medication orders. We can also depict inconvenience in prescription and bring them forward to the right health professional. Update the patient’s medication orders and documenting them. And lastly, providing the records when the patient makes another visit to the facility or when being transferred or discharged.

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