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Journal Article
Study

Pharmacist-led program to improve transitions from acute care to skilled nursing facility care.

Achilleos M, McEwen J, Hoesly M, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2020;77.

Pharmacists are critical to ensuring safe transitions between acute care and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). This retrospective study evaluated the frequency of missed doses of high-risk medications after hospital-to-SNF transfers and found that 60% of first doses of high-risk medications were given after the scheduled administration time. After implementation of a medication order process including pharmacist-led medication reconciliation, the average delay in medication administration decreased significantly.