Archive: May 2018

May 21, 2018

Accurate Identification

The aim of medicines reconciliation on admission is to ensure that medicines prescribed on admission correspond exactly to those that the patient was taking before admission, or, if not, that variance is due to deliberate medication review rather than an error. Medication review is defined by NICE as ‘a structured, critical examination of a person’s …

May 21, 2018

Taking a Medication History

In 2015 the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued updated guidanceĀ aimed at optimising the use of medicines. There is a section on medicines-related communication systems when patients move from one care setting to another. This covers both the transfer of a patient within an organisation and the transfer between different organisations including …

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