Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right. Final report – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – June 2012

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Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right. Final report – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – June 2012

Extract from the media release

“A new report published today by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society calls for improvements to the transfer of information about medicines when patients move between care settings.

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.  The guidance was endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and had a joint foreward from the Medical Director of the NHS, the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer.

The likelihood that an elderly medical patient will be discharged on the same medicines that they were admitted on is less than 10%[1]. Between 28-40% of medicines are discontinued during hospitalisation[2] and 45% of medicines prescribed at discharge are new medicines[3]. Around 60% of patients have 3 or more medicines changed during their hospital stay[4] and adverse drug events occur in up to 20% of patients after discharge.

“Getting the transfer of medicines information right can be challenging as patients follow complex pathways and systems vary between providers.  However, it’s totally unacceptable that poor transfer of medicines information continues to compromise patient care” said RPS Policy and Practice Lead Heidi Wright.

“Strategies must improve and the experiences of the volunteer sites in driving change in their organisations have created a set of recommendations which should be adopted across the NHS”.

The recommendations of the report are:”

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