Need some advice on the keys to life? Your keys themselves could just save your life!
Dr. Patrick Devereux, PharmD, president and CEO of Family Medical Services, Inc. located in Bessemer, AL who oversees three retail pharmacies in the Birmingham area, discusses problems with communication across the healthcare spectrum. Dr. Devereux will also discuss about a new innovative idea to try and help his patients communicate their medication list to other healthcare professionals and hospital settings by simply using a flash drive key chain.
AMERICAN PHARMACISTS MONTH – OCTOBER
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the highest risk for medication errors can happen upon admission to a hospital. If you or a loved one do not carry a current list of medications with you and you are taken to the hospital without any means of having a plan to enable the hospital to get access to your current list of medications, the risk of a medication error is substantially increased and could result in severe harm.
Check out the research articles below for more information:
Hellström, L. M., Bondesson, Å., Höglund, P., & Eriksson, T. (2012). Errors in medication history at hospital admission: prevalence and predicting factors. BMC Clinical Pharmacology, 12, 9. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6904-12-9
Cornu P, Steurbaut S, Leysen T, De Baere E, Ligneel C, et al. Effect of Medication Reconciliation at Hospital Admission on Medication Discrepancies During Hospitalization and at Discharge for Geriatric Patients. Ann Pharmacother. 2012 Apr; 46(4):484-94. Epub 2012 Mar 13. 10.1345/aph.1Q594