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A new report published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society this week calls for improvements to the transfer of information about medicines when patients move between care settings. There is a substantial body of evidence that shows when patients move between care providers the risk of miscommunication and unintended changes to medicines remain a significant problem.
"Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers: Getting the medicines right" outlines the results of a six-month project involving over 30 healthcare organisations which volunteered to implement RPS guidance on transfer of medicines information. Improving the transfer of information about medicines across all care settings should help to reduce incidents of avoidable harm to patients, improve patient safety and contribute to a reduction in avoidable medicines related admissions and readmissions to hospital.
The key recommendations of the report are:
The final report can be found at http://www.rpharms.com/getting-the-medicines-right/keeping-patients-safe-report.asp
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