Publications and resources relating to medicine reconciliation are listed below.

Medicine Reconciliation resources

Medicine Reconciliation literature

Medicine reconciliation – a patient’s story

This is the story of Mrs Eileen Anderson, a bright and alert 91-year-old, referred by her GP to Palmerston North Hospital with a suspected respiratory infection. She was assessed in the Emergency Department on 5 April 2002. Her name sticker was mistakenly placed on another patient’s drug chart. Mrs Anderson was admitted to hospital and received the wrong medicines (including morphine) for 4 days before the error was detected. She did not receive her regular medicines during this time. Mrs Anderson became more and more drowsy and disoriented. Even when the error was detected, no one told Mrs Anderson’s family for three days. Mrs Anderson died two weeks later. The Coroner found that she might well have recovered had she received the correct medicines.

Last updated 11/05/2017