This process is crucial to ensure accurate medication dosing and dispensation to avoid harmful drug interactions. Furthermore, it ensures that the right dosage of medications is administered for patients who need them. All parties involved in medication reconciliation help achieve their goals by implementing efficient dosing methods and consistent medication dispensing procedures.
Many pharmaceutical professionals consider medication error to be one of the leading causes of professional negligence cases in hospitals. A medication error can cause adverse effects on patients’ health and shorten their lives. In fact, medication errors often lead to death, especially in very severe or critical illnesses. To avoid these grave consequences, healthcare providers should implement measures that reduce the occurrence and severity of medication errors. The following article details some of the ways in which medication errors can occur.
In most cases, medical professionals do not follow proper dosing instructions. For example, it is not uncommon for pharmacists to incorrectly measure the amount of a drug. Failure to accurately measure the drug dose may lead to non-compliance and penalties for the pharmaceutical organization. However, this mistake is made not just by pharmacists but by doctors as well. When patients do not take their medications as prescribed, they can experience serious side effects such as vomiting, nausea, headache, dry mouth, and stomach pain.
Another type of medication error is misprescribing medication. When a physician prescribes the wrong dosage of a medicine, the patient will likely experience severe adverse effects. Therefore, medication reconciliation is important in maintaining the health of patients while avoiding medication errors that can lead to severe adverse effects. Most pharmacies have integrated pharmacy information systems that allow pharmacies to track prescriptions and dispensing patterns for a wide variety of drugs. However, manual data collection and analysis of the data are impractical for all pharmacies and difficult for physicians and nurses to understand.
Pharmacy data integration solutions, or PDSims, are now available to help in medication reconciliation. PDSims contain detailed information about each medication that is dispensed. It includes complete details about the name, dosage, pharmacy name, quantity, and name of manufacturer. This information allows pharmacists to easily determine if a patient is receiving the right medication and to avoid medication errors.
Common Reason For Medication Reconciliation
The most common reason for medication reconciliation involves pharmacies that failing to maintain adequate patient records. Many pharmacies keep a single list of medication dispensed to all patients. Even when pharmacies have access to complete patient information, they find it difficult to verify the accuracy of this list. Furthermore, missing or outdated information can lead to inaccurate drug refill requests, which lead to further medication errors. As a result, patients experience a series of medication interactions that can lead to negative consequences.
For this reason, medication reconciliation software is available to help pharmacists maintain complete patient information. This software contains detailed logs of all of a patient’s medication interactions. Furthermore, the software provides alerts when pharmacies are missing key information or when a pharmacy has provided false information to patients. This will enable pharmacists to avoid providing inappropriate medication to patients. Furthermore, by tracking information about each patient’s medication history, a pharmacy can determine which medications are commonly missed or which patients are most likely to experience these side effects. This can be a valuable method for reducing medication errors.