Research suggests that more than 50% of patients have at least one medication discrepancy upon admission to the hospital. A medication discrepancy is a gap between existing medications taken by a patient and the medications ordered in hospital. The combination can potentially affect your health.
Osler has started a Medication Reconciliation program. It’s a formal process where health care providers work together with patients, families, and other care providers to make sure accurate and detailed medication information is communicated consistently from home to hospital to community care.
It is critical for patients to let their providers know about all of their medications. This way, health care providers can make sure they are making the most appropriate prescribing decisions for the patient. This will help reduce the potential for unintended drug reactions, omissions, duplications and dosing errors.
You can play an active part in your care by managing your medication:
Bring ALL medications or a complete medication list to each visit
Provide the healthcare team with your community pharmacy information (name, location and phone number)
Update medication lists regularly
Keep a list of all allergies (medication, food and environmental)
As patients move between services and then back home, good communication about your medication will ultimately help you stay safe.
If you need some help keeping your medication records organized: