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Medication reconciliation

Sherine Ismail, Mohamed Osman, Rayf Abulezz, Hani Alhamdan, K H Mujtaba Quadri
Pharmacists possess pivotal competencies and expertise in developing clinical pathways (CPs). We present a tertiary care facility experience of pharmacists vis-a-vis interprofessional collaboration for designing and implementing CPs. We participated in the development of CPs as leading members of a collaborative team of healthcare professionals. We reviewed literature, aligning it with hospital formulary and institutional standards, and participated in weekly team meetings for six months. Several tools and services were adapted to guide prescribing and standardization of care through time-bound order sets...
March 16, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Christy P Su, Levita Hidayat, Shafiqur Rahman, Veena Venugopalan
BACKGROUND: Medication reconciliation is a major patient safety concern, and the impact of a structured process to evaluate anti-infective agents at hospital discharge warrants further review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) describe a structured, multidisciplinary approach to review anti-infectives at discharge and (2) measure the impact of a stewardship-initiated antimicrobial review process in identifying and preventing anti-infective-related medication errors (MEs) at discharge...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Ji Yun Jung, So Yoon Kim, Dong Gyu Kim, Choong Bai Kim, Kyong-Choun Chi, Won Kyung Kang, Won Lee
Purpose: The aim of this study is to prepare medical staff in order to prevent medical malpractice litigation through analysis of litigation cases related to the department of surgery in Korea. Methods: A total of 94 litigation cases related to the department of surgery, where a certain amount of payment was ordered to the defendant between 2005 through 2010, were analyzed. We examined time of occurrence, amount claimed and awarded in damages, plaintiff claims, and court opinion...
March 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Gerry Altmiller
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March 3, 2018: Nurse Educator
Umair Masood, Anuj Sharma, Zabeer Bhatti, Jessica Carroll, Amit Bhardwaj, Devamohan Sivalingam, Amit S Dhamoon
Stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP) is often inappropriately utilized, particularly in critically ill patients. The objective of this study is to find an effective way of reducing inappropriate SUP use in an academic medical intensive care unit (ICU). Medical ICU patients receiving SUP were identified over a 1-month period, and their charts were reviewed to determine whether American Society of Health-System Pharmacists guidelines were followed. Inappropriate usage was calculated as inappropriate patient-days and converted to incidence per 100 patient-days...
January 2018: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
Lies De Bock, Eline Tommelein, Hans Baekelandt, Wim Maes, Koen Boussery, Annemie Somers
For the majority of Belgian hospitals, a pharmacist-led full medication review process is not standard care and, therefore, challenging to introduce. With this study, we aimed to evaluate the successes and barriers of the implementation of a pharmacist-led full medication review process in the geriatric ward at a local Belgian hospital. To this end, we carried out an interventional study, performing a full medication review on older patients (≥70 years) with polypharmacy (≥5 drugs) who had an unplanned admission to the geriatric ward...
February 28, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Céline Mongaret, Pauline Quillet, Thi Ha Vo, Léa Aubert, Mathieu Fourgeaud, Elise Michelet-Huot, Morgane Bonnet, Pierrick Bedouch, Florian Slimano, Sophie C Gangloff, Moustapha Drame, Dominique Hettler
Pharmaceutical care activities at hospital admission have a significant impact on patient safety. The objective of this study was to identify predictive factors for clinically significant pharmacist interventions (PIs) performed during medication reconciliation and medication review at patient hospital admission.A 4-week prospective study was conducted in 4 medicine wards. At hospital admission, medication reconciliation and medication review were conducted and PIs were performed by the pharmaceutical team...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sarah L Anderson, Joel C Marrs
This article reviews current literature on the role of pharmacists in the transition of care (TOC) for patients with heart failure (HF) and the impact of their contributions on therapeutic and economic outcomes. Optimizing the TOC for patients with HF from the hospital to the community/home is crucial for improving outcomes and decreasing high rates of hospital readmissions, which are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs. A multidisciplinary team approach to the management of patients with HF facilitates the transition from the hospital to the ambulatory care setting, allowing for the consideration of medical, pharmacological, and lifestyle variables that impact the care of individual patients...
February 27, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Fabienne Flamme-Obry, Stéphanie Belaiche, Marc Hazzan, Nassima Ramdan, Christian Noël, Pascal Odou, Bertrand Décaudin
INTRODUCTION: Drug related problems (DRP) can lead to severe consequences in kidney recipients. The aim of the study was to assess the impact of the clinical pharmacist interventions on the incidence of DRP. METHOD: The number of DRP were evaluated according to 3periods: Without intervention, with medication reconciliation at admission, and with medication reconciliation at admission associated with an interview with the clinical pharmacist at discharge. RESULTS: Patients concerned were mainly men, 55years old (median age), stage3 of CKD, transplanted for less than 3months or more than 1year, with cardiovascular risk factors and receiving an average of 9drugs/day...
February 21, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Maram G Katoue, Jean Ker
BACKGROUND: Using the medicines reconciliation tool which involves preparing an updated list of patient's medications at each transition of care can significantly enhance patient safety. The pharmacist has been leading this process in western healthcare systems. Little is known about pharmacists' role in medicines reconciliation in Middle Eastern Countries. OBJECTIVES: To explore the implementation of medicines reconciliation in Kuwait hospitals, pharmacists' role in this process and perceptions of the challenges in implementing it in practice...
January 5, 2018: Health Policy
Andria F Brantley, Deanna M Rossi, Shalonda Barnes-Warren, Jon Carlo Francisco, Ira Schatten, Vishwas Dave
PURPOSE: The development and implementation of a hospitalwide, pharmacist-led transitions-of-care (TOC) program are described. METHODS: This 21-week quality improvement initiative was conducted from October 1, 2015, to February 26, 2016, at Memorial Hospital Pembroke. A TOC team was comprised of pharmacists, a pharmacy resident, pharmacy students, a physician, case managers, and nurses. All patients over the age of 18 admitted to the inpatient telemetry unit were included in this initiative...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
J E Kang, J M Yu, J H Choi, I-M Chung, W B Pyun, S A Kim, E K Lee, N Y Han, J-H Yoon, J M Oh, S J Rhie
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Drug therapies are critical for preventing secondary complications in acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The purpose of this study was to develop and apply a pharmaceutical care service (PCS) algorithm for ACS and confirm that it is applicable through a prospective clinical trial. METHODS: The ACS-PCS algorithm was developed according to extant evidence-based treatment and pharmaceutical care guidelines. Quality assurance was conducted through two methods: literature comparison and expert panel evaluation...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Rachel Whitty, Sandra Porter, Kiran Battu, Pranjal Bhatt, Ellen Koo, Csilla Kalocsai, Peter Wu, Kendra Delicaet, Isaac I Bogoch, Robert Wu, James Downar
BACKGROUND: Many seriously ill and frail inpatients receive potentially inappropriate or harmful medications and do not receive medications for symptoms of advanced illness. We developed and piloted an interprofessional Medication Rationalization (MERA) approach to deprescribing inappropriate medications and prescribing appropriate comfort medications. METHODS: We conducted a single-centre pilot study of inpatients at risk of 6-month mortality from advanced age or morbidity...
February 16, 2018: CMAJ Open
Joanna L Stollings, Sarah L Bloom, Li Wang, E Wesley Ely, James C Jackson, Carla M Sevin
BACKGROUND: Many patients experience complications following critical illness; these are now widely referred to as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). An interprofessional intensive care unit (ICU) recovery center (ICU-RC), also known as a PICS clinic, is one potential approach to promoting patient and family recovery following critical illness. OBJECTIVES: To describe the role of an ICU-RC critical care pharmacist in identifying and treating medication-related problems among ICU survivors...
February 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Lauren Krowl, Hassan Al-Khalisy, Pratibha Kaul
A new diagnostic paradigm has been proposed to better categorize causes of Metformin-Associated Lactic Acidosis (MALA). The diagnostic criteria defines a link between Metformin and lactic acidosis if lactate is >5mmol/L, Ph<7.35 and Metformin assay >5mg/L. Metformin assays are not readily available in emergency departments including nationwide Veteran's Affairs Hospitals; thereby making this proposed classification tool difficult to use in today's clinical practice. We describe a case report of a 45-year-old male, who took twice the amount of Metformin prescribed and presented with Metformin-induced lactic acidosis...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Michael W King
Despite the U.S. substantially outspending peer high income nations with almost 18% of GDP dedicated to health care, on any number of statistical measurements from life expectancy to birth rates to chronic disease, 1 the U.S. achieves inferior health outcomes. In short, Americans receive a very disappointing return on investment on their health care dollars, causing economic and social strain. 2 Accordingly, the debates rage on: what is the top driver of health care spending? Among the culprits: poor communication and coordination among disparate providers, paperwork required by payors and regulations, well-intentioned physicians overprescribing treatments, drugs and devices, outright fraud and abuse, and medical malpractice litigation...
November 2017: American Journal of Law & Medicine
Pamela M Moye, Pui Shan Chu, Teresa Pounds, Maria Miller Thurston
PURPOSE: The results of a study to determine whether pharmacy team-led postdischarge intervention can reduce the rate of 30-day hospital readmissions in older patients with heart failure (HF) are reported. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed to identify patients 60 years of age or older who were admitted to an academic medical center with a primary diagnosis of HF during the period March 2013-June 2014 and received standard postdischarge follow-up care provided by physicians, nurses, and case managers...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Liesbeth B E Bosma, Nicole G M Hunfeld, Rogier A M Quax, Edmé Meuwese, Piet H G J Melief, Jasper van Bommel, SiokSwan Tan, Maaike J van Kranenburg, Patricia M L A van den Bemt
BACKGROUND: Medication errors occur frequently in the intensive care unit (ICU) and during care transitions. Chronic medication is often temporarily stopped at the ICU. Unfortunately, when the patient improves, the restart of this medication is easily forgotten. Moreover, temporal ICU medication is often unintentionally continued after ICU discharge. Medication reconciliation could be useful to prevent such errors. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effect of medication reconciliation at the ICU...
February 7, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Edelen Maria Orlando, Gage Barbara J, Rose Adam J, Ahluwalia Sangeeta, DeSantis Amy Soo Jin, Dunbar Michael Stephen, Fischer Shira H, Huang Wenjing, Klein David J, Martino Steven, Pillemer Francesca, Piquado Tepring, Shier Victoria, Shih Regina A, Sherbourne Cathy D, Stucky Brian D
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with the RAND Corporation to identify and/or develop standardized items to include in the post-acute care patient assessment instruments. RAND was tasked by CMS with developing and testing items to measure seven areas of health status for Medicare beneficiaries: (1) vision and hearing; (2) cognitive status; (3) depressed mood; (4) pain; (5) care preferences; (6) medication reconciliation; and (7) bladder and bowel continence. This article presents results of the first Alpha 1 feasibility test of a proposed set of items for measuring each of these health status areas...
January 2018: Rand Health Quarterly
Anne Ottney, Renee Koski
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this project was to determine the difference in medication list accuracy between an initial and follow-up medication reconciliation visit in a primary care office. Secondary objectives were to identify the difference in medication-related problems most commonly encountered during the visits, factors that may influence patient understanding of their medication regimen, and physician perceptions of the medication review visit. SETTING: Quasi-experimental study part of a larger pilot project to address the ability of how health information technology can be used to maintain an active medication list...
January 31, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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