Recent data shows that:
◦ 73% of patients had at least one medication
discrepancy between the surgery and
anesthesiology preoperative medication histories.1
◦ Up to 27% of all hospital prescribing errors can be
attributed to incomplete medication histories at
the time of admission.2
◦ 33% of patients discharged from the ICU had one
or more of their chronic medications omitted at
Recent data shows that:
◦ 22% of medication discrepancies could have
resulted in patient harm during their
◦ 59% of the discrepancies could have resulted in
patient harm if the discrepancy continued after
Medication Reconciliation is an important issue that
greatly impacts patient safety.
Partnering with the
◦ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),
◦ the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for
New York State,
◦ the Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF),
◦ and the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership
for Health and Accountability (PHA),
hospitals will use the AHRQ-funded toolkit to
improve medication reconciliation.
All patients admitted to Georgia Hospitals will
receive the necessary tools and information
that insures accurate and complete
administration of medication during
hospitalization as well as prepare the patient
to receive appropriate medications after the
Improve the overall health outcomes of the
patient we serve through an accurate
medication reconciliation process.
Percent of patient records with a
complete medication history collected on
Percent of patient records with
unreconciled medication on admission.
Adverse drug events from unreconciled
medication on admission.
Submit CEO Commitment Letter and
Memorandum of Agreement.
Participate in monthly education calls.
Submit self–assessment/Action Improvement
Submit data where appropriate.
This collaborative has started. A second cohort
will begin in June, with a possible third cohort
starting in September.
Please contact Kathy McGowan, 770-249-4519,
firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
1Burda SA, Hobson D, Pronovost PJ. What is the patient really
taking? Discrepancies between surgery and anesthesiology
preoperative medication histories. Qual Saf Health Care
2 Dobrzanski S, Hammond I, Khan G, et al. The nature of
hospital prescribing errors. Br J Clin Govern 2002;7:187-
3 Bell CM, Rahimi-Darabad P, Orner AI. Discontinuity of
Chronic Medications in Patients Discharged from the
Intensive Care Unit. J Gen Intern Med 2006; 21:937-941.
4 Sullivan C, Gleason KM, Groszek JM, et al. Medication
Reconciliation in the Acute Care Setting, Opportunity and
Challenge for Nursing. J Nurs Care Qual 2005; 20:95-98.