Essay The Transition Of Patients From An Acute Care Setting
The transition of patients from an acute care setting to a home setting is often challenging and stressful. It can be complex for the patient to understand the instructions for discharge and, more importantly, it can be challenging and dangerous when it comes to ensuring the patient understands the medication reconciliation process. Successful transition to home is multifaceted and depends partially on an accurate and complete overview of all medications with the patient. This is an imperative safety measure across the continuum of care (Ruggiero, Smith, Copeland, Boxer, 2015). In 2005 The Joint Commission established medication reconciliation as National Patient Safety Goal 8 in an attempt guide hospitals in using uniformed best practices. The NPSG was revised and reintroduced in 2011 in an effort to reorganize and resolve reconciliation discrepancies and decrease the risk of adverse events during care transitions (Ruggiero, et al., 2015). The impact of these adverse events on the patient’s safety and well-being, healthcare costs, and readmissions is significant to both the facility and patient.
There may be varying descriptions of medication reconciliation, but the most widely used and recognized definition is, according to Daly and Lee (2013), “the process of identifying and maintaining the most accurate and detailed list of all medications, both prescribed and non-prescribed, a patient is…