In an article appearing in Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum Quarterly journal, authors Susan Wannamaker, Vice President, Clinical and Systems Transformation for PHC and VCH, David Byres, Vice President, Acute Clinical Programs & Chief Professional Practice and Nursing for PHC; Fruzsina Pataky, Director, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Information Systems & Technology and Karin Trapnell, Medication Reconciliation - Regional Project Manager, detail the collaborative work that enabled VCH and PHC to successfully implement medication reconciliation (MedRec) on admission across the two organizations.
MedRec became a Required Organizational Practice for Accreditation Canada in 2006 as it reduces preventable adverse drug events and improves the safety and care of patients and residents.
Quoting from the article: “To ensure that the implementation of MedRec stayed on track and achieved the desired results, we used three metrics throughout the process – progress, performance, and outcomes. We measured the degree to which MedRec was implemented at VCH and PHC acute and residential care sites. In April 2011, MedRec was approximately 18% implemented in VCH’s acute care, and by April 2012, that figure had risen to 82%.”
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