Thursday, August 24, 2006

 
Hello, and welcome to the first and only blog out there solely devoted to medication reconciliation. For those of you that don't know, here's a brief history of medication reconciliation:

Performing medication reconciliation is a mandatory requirement of all healthcare facilities in the US that are certified by the national regulatory organization, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). According to a 1999 landmark report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), To Err Is Human, medication errors are a leading cause of death and serious injury to Americans. According to a follow-up IOM report, Preventing Medication Errors, released July 20, 2006, medication mistakes injure well over 1.5 million Americans every year and at least a quarter of these are preventable. To help decrease these errors, JCAHO has mandated that each and every medication that a patient takes along the continuum of healthcare must be accounted for and ‘reconciled.’

This blog has been setup for people from all aspects of heathcare - patients, providers, nurses and facilites - to talk about medication reconciliation and how they think we can improve our healthcare system as it relates to the medications that our patients take. The goal of medication reconciliation is to save lives. Let's get together and do it!



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