The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a toolkit “Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation.” The toolkit is designed to facilitate the reduction of patient harm due to adverse drug events or medication errors. AHRQ suggests the following advantages:
- Promotes compliance with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal for maintaining and communicating accurate patient medication information
- Can lead to better care transitions and fewer unnecessary readmissions by helping to ensure patients receive the right medication in the right dose at the right time
- Provides a framework to capture complete, accurate medication information through electronic health records (EHRs)
- Enables building a medication reconciliation process from scratch or redesigning an existing process
The toolkit is designed to help acute care and post-acute care facilities evaluate and improve their current medication reconciliation process. Check it out today!