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Nurses play a significant role facilitating safe patient transitions between care settings. Care transitions represent points where medication errors can occur due to lapses in communication or errors in medication documentation transcription. Medication mistakes are a common complication for patients being discharged from one setting to another and accreditation standards related to medication reconciliation provide a framework to improve medication safety. Nursing awareness of high alert medications during care transitions can help ensure medication errors do not occur.
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Following conclusion of the session, the learner will:
Catherine Gundlach has been a pharmacist for over 30 years. For the last 12 years she has been a Medication Safety Pharmacist at St. Luke’s. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with nurses, pharmacists, doctors and other members of the health care team to ensure the medication system is safe and risks are mitigated pro-actively before harm occurs.
Explain ways a nurse can improve medication safety during care transitions.
Describe what types of medication risks occur during patient care transitions.
Define high alert patient populations and high alert medications.
Understand the National Patient Safety Goal for Medication Reconciliation.
Enumerate best practices to improve medication safety during transitions of care.
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