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Journal Article > Commentary
Medication reconciliation in acute care: ensuring an accurate drug regimen on admission and discharge.
Rodehaver C. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2005;31:406-413.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's (JCAHO) National Patient Safety Goals advocate for hospitals to ensure medication reconciliation as part of their safety strategy. This article shares the views of a single institution in its efforts to construct reconciliation forms, design processes for use, and then audit the forms after put into practice. The authors offer a series of lessons learned from their implementation experience and suggest that future success relies on a team-oriented approach with consistent communication.
Journal Article > Study
Use of a standardized protocol to decrease medication errors and adverse events related to sliding scale insulin.
Donihi AC, DiNardo MM, DeVita MA, Korytkowski MT. Qual Saf Health Care. 2006;15:89-91.
Investigators implemented a sliding scale insulin protocol and physician order form to standardize the delivery of insulin. They found the tool was used in 91% of orders and considerably reduced prescription errors and episodes of hyperglycemia.
Chun D. Gainsville Sun. August 21, 2006.
This article describes a computerized drug ordering and dispensing system at a Florida hospital.