Medication Reconciliation on Discharge at Upper River Valley Hospital Factors for Success
Medication reconciliation is an important aspect of medication management that is patient-centred. Health care providers work together with patients, families and other care providers to ensure accurate and comprehensive medication information is communicated consistently across transitions of care (admission, transfers and discharge). Background Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital (URVH) was not meeting the organization’s target of 75 per cent in Medication Reconciliation on Discharge (Med Rec on Discharge); for first quarter (April to June) of the 2017-18 fiscal year the hospital’s Med Rec on Discharge was at 46.9 per cent. Having an incomplete Med Rec on Discharge puts patients at risk for medication incidents such as omissions and inconsistencies (wrong medication or dosage). The overall objective was to increase Med Rec on Discharge compliance by 30 per cent within a year to reach the Horizon target. The project used a Process Improvement methodology called Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) to systematically evaluate the current process issues, validate root causes and eliminate causes of poor quality or non-value added activities. An important aspect of performing a Green Belt project is the partnership with experienced staff who can identify root causes of why Med Rec on Discharge was not being completed. Improvement Strategies Baseline data analysis showed Med Rec on Discharge completion varied across units, medical specialities and physicians. Since Med Rec involves an interdisciplinary team, improvements focused on nursing and physician engagment tools and processes, such as visual aids, Information Service requests to alphabetize medications in Med Rec forms for ease of reconciliation and education strategies. Physician ownership was a key factor to drive the project. Dr. John Dornan, Horizon’s Regional Chief of Staff and previously Chief of Staff for Saint John and Upper River Valley, was instrumental in reducing process barriers by opening lines of communication through monthly Medical Staff meetings and addressing individual physician concerns. Showcasing medication incidents to staff where Med Rec was a contributing factor to patient safety incidents emphasised the importance of why URVH needed a standardised Med Rec process and built the case for completing Med Rec on Discharge. An audit tool used during the control phase of the project helped the team track their improvements and recognize barriers early on to sustain the positive change over time.
Key Facts • Medication Reconciliation on Discharge improved by 52.5 per cent at Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital • Improved compliance to an Accreditation Canada’s Required Organizational Practice (Med Rec Discharge) to 70.8 per cent (24.4 percentage point increase) improved the communication and internal coordination of care across the continuum (family physicians, community pharmacies) which improved the overall patient experience and ensured patient- and family-centred care. Discharge. This increase improved patient safety at URVH by reducing medication errors and the potential for patient harm. Additionally, implementation of Med Rec on Discharge helped maintain Horizon’s Accreditation status, as it is a Required Organizational Practice. In summary, standardizing the Med Rec process
A clear mandate from Horizon’s Executive Leadership Team for the implementation of Med Rec across Horizon as an organizational priority paved the way to the project’s success. Additional collaboration with a regional project, the Horizon Regional Med Rec Project, helped reinforce weekly tracking and achieving compliance to completion of Med Rec. During the implementation of the improvements, there was a brief period of time where the project did not have a process owner to provide leadership and support. Despite leadership challenges, the Green Belt project team carried out the responsibilities for the project. In particular, the nurse managers involved in the project ensured staff were adhering to the weekly audits and supporting the completion of Med Rec within physician groups. A new process owner was assigned to the project; this person held staff accountable, provided much-needed leadership and removed additional barriers. Benefits At the end of this project there was an improvement of 52 per cent in Med Rec on
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From left: Lyzandra Pereira, Quality Consultant, Fredericton and Upper River Valley area; Susan McCarron, URVH Emergency Department nurse manager; Charlotte Everett, nowwith the New Brunswick Extra Mural Program, Perth unit; and Teena McCarthy, e-documentation clinical specialist in Nursing Practice were some of the member of the Med Rec on Discharge Green Belt project.
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