Medication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospitalMMedication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospitalMedication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospitalEnglishPharmacyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyNADrug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-03-30T04:00:00ZAlastair Hodinott, MCAP;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC;Beverley Hales, BScPhm, MHSc;Cathy Daniels, RN, MS, ACNP;Helen Edwards, RN, BA, MN;Sheila Rowed, RN, BScN, CNN(c);Tessie Gilhooly, RN, MN;Valerie Langlois, MD, FRCP(C);Stanley Zlotkin, MD PhD;Renu Roy, BSP, R9.2000000000000061.3000000000000700.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This page provides advice on how to keep track of your child's medicines.</p><h2>Medication errors can be serious</h2> <p>If your child takes medication at home, it is important that you learn what the medications are and what they are for. Taking the wrong medication or the wrong dose (amount) of a medication could make your child very ill or make the medication not work as well. You can help keep your child safe by preventing these mistakes from happening.</p><h2>Medication reconciliation: Making sure your child has the right medication</h2><p>While your child is in the hospital, your health-care team needs to know what medications your child takes at home and then compare them to the medications ordered for them in the hospital. This process is called medication reconciliation. Reconciliation is a different way of saying "matching and comparing."</p><p>While in the hospital, your child's health-care team may also make changes to the medications your child takes. You need to know the medications your child was taking at home and what changes have been made while your child was in the hospital.</p><h3>Medication reconciliation is important because:</h3><ul><li>It reduces the chance of your child having a bad reaction to medication.</li><li>It gives health-care providers like your doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, and pharmacist a list of the drugs your child is taking.</li><li>It gives you a chance to make sure that you know about your child's medications and ask questions if you do not understand something.​</li></ul><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Medication errors can be serious.</li><li>Keep a list of all of your child's medications in your wallet or purse.</li><li>Bring all of your child's medications to the hospital or doctor's office.</li></ul><h2>MyHealth Passport </h2><p>MyHealth Passport is a website created at SickKids to help you and your child create an online Medication Record. Anyone can use this tool, no matter which hospital you go to. You can print your medication record in a wallet-friendly format at: <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/myhealthpassport/" target="_blank">www.sickkids.ca/myhealthpassport/</a></p><h2>MedsCheck</h2><p>MedsCheck is a program that allows all people in Ontario who have a chronic condition and are taking three or more prescription drugs to meet with a pharmacist to review the medications and make sure the medications are being taken correctly. Parents and caregivers of children who are eligible may also have the appointment to review their child's medications. </p><p>For more information, contact your local pharmacy. </p>

 

 

Medication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospital1256.00000000000Medication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospitalMedication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospitalMEnglishPharmacyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyNADrug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-03-30T04:00:00ZAlastair Hodinott, MCAP;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC;Beverley Hales, BScPhm, MHSc;Cathy Daniels, RN, MS, ACNP;Helen Edwards, RN, BA, MN;Sheila Rowed, RN, BScN, CNN(c);Tessie Gilhooly, RN, MN;Valerie Langlois, MD, FRCP(C);Stanley Zlotkin, MD PhD;Renu Roy, BSP, R9.2000000000000061.3000000000000700.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This page provides advice on how to keep track of your child's medicines.</p><h2>Medication errors can be serious</h2> <p>If your child takes medication at home, it is important that you learn what the medications are and what they are for. Taking the wrong medication or the wrong dose (amount) of a medication could make your child very ill or make the medication not work as well. You can help keep your child safe by preventing these mistakes from happening.</p><h2>Medication reconciliation: Making sure your child has the right medication</h2><p>While your child is in the hospital, your health-care team needs to know what medications your child takes at home and then compare them to the medications ordered for them in the hospital. This process is called medication reconciliation. Reconciliation is a different way of saying "matching and comparing."</p><p>While in the hospital, your child's health-care team may also make changes to the medications your child takes. You need to know the medications your child was taking at home and what changes have been made while your child was in the hospital.</p><h3>Medication reconciliation is important because:</h3><ul><li>It reduces the chance of your child having a bad reaction to medication.</li><li>It gives health-care providers like your doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, and pharmacist a list of the drugs your child is taking.</li><li>It gives you a chance to make sure that you know about your child's medications and ask questions if you do not understand something.​</li></ul><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Medication errors can be serious.</li><li>Keep a list of all of your child's medications in your wallet or purse.</li><li>Bring all of your child's medications to the hospital or doctor's office.</li></ul><h2>Be prepared to talk about your child's medications</h2><p>You can prepare so that you are ready to talk to the health-care team about your child's medications at any time. You may be asked questions when you go to your family doctor, to the hospital for a scheduled procedure or if there is an emergency. </p><h2>Take these steps to make sure you are prepared:</h2><ol><li>Keep a list in your purse or wallet of your child's medications. If your child is old enough, have them keep a copy of the list as well. Include:<br> <ul><li>the name of the medication</li><li>the dose and strength</li><li>how often your child takes the medication</li></ul></li><li>Either on the same list or on a separate piece of paper, list of all of your child's non-prescription medications. These are medications that you give your child that were not prescribed by a doctor. It is important that your child's health-care team know if your child uses these products. Include:​ <ul><li>over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen</li><li>vitamins</li><li>eye drops</li><li>ointments</li><li>nutritional supplements</li><li>herbal products</li></ul></li><li>Bring ALL your child's medications (prescription and non-prescription) to the hospital. If your child comes in on an emergency basis, you may not have time to gather these things. Your list will be important in this case.</li><li>Provide your health-care team with your pharmacy's phone number (found on your pill/medication bottle) and your family doctor's name and phone number.</li><li>Review your child's new and old medications with your doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse or pharmacist and ask questions if you do not understand something.</li></ol><h2>MyHealth Passport </h2><p>MyHealth Passport is a website created at SickKids to help you and your child create an online Medication Record. Anyone can use this tool, no matter which hospital you go to. You can print your medication record in a wallet-friendly format at: <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/myhealthpassport/" target="_blank">www.sickkids.ca/myhealthpassport/</a></p><h2>MedsCheck</h2><p>MedsCheck is a program that allows all people in Ontario who have a chronic condition and are taking three or more prescription drugs to meet with a pharmacist to review the medications and make sure the medications are being taken correctly. Parents and caregivers of children who are eligible may also have the appointment to review their child's medications. </p><p>For more information, contact your local pharmacy. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/medication_reconciliation_preventing_errors.jpgMedication reconciliation: Preventing medication errors in the hospital

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