19 Aug 2013 | Medication Safety
An American case study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (click here to view) illustrates a program from Contra Costa Health Services put in place using the IHI Model for Improvement, and has resulted in significant improvements in the medication reconciliation process.
In June 2005, the Contra Costa Health Services team met for the first time and has been meeting weekly ever since. They have nearly reached their stated program goals, which are to eliminate un-reconciled medications at transition points (admission, transfer, discharge) and to achieve 100 percent compliance with the paper form usage.
Their tips for sustaining this medication safety intervention include:
The Commission would like to eproduce a series of cases studies showing what organisations in New Zealand are doing to spread and maintain the medicine reconciliation process. If you would like to be involved, please contact Nirasha Parsotam (email@example.com).