Which of the following would be true regarding medication reconciliation? Select all that apply.
1. Medication reconciliation is a Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal.
2. Medication reconciliation is designed to obtain and communicate an accurate list of a client’s home medications across the continuum of care.
3. Only nurses or health care providers can be involved in medication reconciliation.
4. Medications are considered reconciled if a medication prescription exists that is therapeutically equivalent to the one prior to admission.
5. A medication is considered to be any medication prescribed by a primary care provider.
A National Patient Safety Goal of The Joint Commission is to accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care. The requirement is that there is a process for comparing the client’s currentmedications with those prescribed for the client while under the care of the health care organization. Clients are most at risk during transitions in care (hand-offs) across settings, services, providers, or levels of care. The development, reconciliation, and communication of an accurate medication list throughout the continuum of care are essential in the reduction of transition- related adverse drug events. The client or client’s family is an integral component of medication reconciliation, particularly at the point of admission to, and discharge from a health care facility. Any medications that the client uses, for example, over-the-counter medications, must be included in the reconciliation process.
CN: Safety and infection control; CL: Apply
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