Medication Reconciliation

What is Medication Reconciliation?

Sacred Heart Medical Center has always promoted safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable health care to our community. To foster this care, we encourage medication reconciliation, the effort to eliminate medication errors that occur primarily at transition points in the health care setting. Transition points occur when a patient moves from one doctor to another, from a doctor to a hospital, from a hospital to a clinic, from a doctor to a dentist, and so on. Medication mistakes occur when patients take the wrong pill, too many pills, not enough pills, or the wrong combination of medications, supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and seemingly harmless herbal medications and remedies.

Medication errors can be very serious and lead to complications, admission to the hospital or even death. The good news is that patients and family members can help prevent medication errors.