How nurses contribute to medicines reconciliation
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How nurses contribute to medicines reconciliation

Chetan Shah Associate director, Medicines Use and Safety Division, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, leading on a medicines reconciliation project
Nola Ishmael Former, Department of Health private secretary to the chief nursing officer for England, now retired
Julia Wright Director, Medicines Use and Safety Division, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service

Chetan Shah and colleagues provide an overview of conducting effective processes with a view to developing a best practice toolkit

The process of obtaining an up-to-date and accurate patient medication list, medicines reconciliation (MedRec), is vital to ensuring patient safety. Despite its high status as a patient safety issue, and the efforts made to drive and implement robust MedRec processes, further efforts are required to identify and disseminate best practice (Greenwald et al 2010). This article outlines some of the principles involved in conducting effective MedRec and invites interested nurses to join a working group that aims to develop a best-practice toolkit.

Nursing Management. 22, 2,18-22. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.2.18.e1342

Correspondence

chetanshah@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 January 2015

Accepted: 19 March 2015