Medication Reconciliation Strategies
to Reduce Hospital Adverse Drug Events

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Patient injuries resulting from drug therapy are among the most common types of
adverse events that occur in hospitals. According to the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, adverse drug events (ADEs) result in more than 770,000
injuries and deaths each year and cost up to $5.6 million per hospital, depending
on size. Hospitals can reduce the number of ADE injuries and related costs by
taking steps to prevent and detect ADEs.

Improving medication delivery and adopting a safety culture has significantly improved
the quality of care at McLeod Regional Medical Center, a 453-bed flagship hospital
for the three-hospital McLeod Health System. McLeod has revamped its medication
delivery process to significantly reduce harmful events and medication turnaround
times and changed its culture of "blame" associated with these events to one of
openness and support. Medication Reconciliation Strategies to Reduce Hospital Adverse Drug Events

In this special report, "Medication Reconciliation Strategies
to Reduce Hospital Adverse Drug Events," Donna Isgett,
McLeod vice president for clinical effectiveness, describes
the hospital's emphasis on quality and perfect care processes,
while Leanne Huminski, chief nursing officer, provides the
inside details on McLeod's medication management program,
which has a goal of eliminating adverse drug events.

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In this 25-page report, Isgett and Huminski describe the development of their medication
reconciliation plan, including:

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A reproducible copy of the Universal Reconciliation Form in use at McLeod is included in
this report, as well as sample chart review, adverse event summary and universal
medication forms.

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