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An elderly patient (Patient A) with a recent diagnosis of B cell lymphoma with central nervous system (CNS) involvement was discharged home with the home medications belonging to his hospital roommate (Patient B). By the time his family had discovered the error, Patient A had taken three doses of the incorrect prescription. An investigation revealed that both patients brought their own unique home medications which were not on the hospital’s formulary, and Patient A was inadvertently given both his home bag of medications and Patient B’s.
A 69-year-old man with cognitive impairment and marginal housing was admitted to the hospital for exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). After a four-day admission, the physician arranged for discharge and transport to residential care home and arranged for Meds-to-Beds (M2B), a service that collaborates with a local commercial pharmacy to deliver discharge medications to the bedside prior to the patient leaving the hospital.