Essay on Symptoms And Treatment Of Medication Reconciliation

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Medication reconciliation must be completed by a nurse, physician or pharmacist on admission and discharge to avoid medication discrepancies. Perform medication reconciliation on every patient and if the patient is unsure of the medications they take then contact their caregivers or their pharmacy to obtain an accurate list. Then teach patients how to manage their own medications. Recommend pill boxes or charts for those with memory impairments. Enlist spouses and children to help ensure patients are taking their medications as directed. Then perform medication reconciliation on patient discharge and continue this through all care settings.
I complete medication reconciliations on all two day post- discharge calls I make and the number of medication discrepancies I come across is astonishing. Most recently, I called a patient that was discharged from a skilled nursing facility with an illegibly, hand written medication list. This was a heart failure patient who had been started on two new cardiac medications, both of which he was taking the incorrect dose. Additionally, this patient 's diuretic dose was changed which he was unaware of. Both the patient and his spouse are intelligent people with master 's degrees and the wife held a doctorate degree too. We are not talking about uneducated people. Imagine how much harder it is for uneducated person to understand and follow the medication lists. Thankfully the patient wasn 't negatively affected, but…

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