Prescribing and medication communication on the post-take ward round

Myers, Brooke, Mitchell, Charles, Whitty, Jenny A, Donovan, Peter and Coombes, Ian (2017) Prescribing and medication communication on the post-take ward round. Internal Medicine Journal, 47 (4). 454–457. ISSN 1444-0903

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Abstract

Gaps in communication between medical officers and poor planning are associated with prescribing errors and may result in patient harm. This study describes medication communication on Post Take Ward Rounds (PTWR). Over 6 weeks on 24 PTWRs, 130 patients, prescribed 1244 medications were observed. Of these, 811(65%) medications were discussed, with 249 discussions (relating to 126 medications) being ‘in-depth’. Of 191 planned medication-related actions, 38 (20%) were not implemented by the end of the PTWR and 21 (11%) by time of discharge from hospital. This study suggests that the level of medication communication and subsequent actions are suboptimal. Processes to improve this situation should be explored.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: prescribing,handover,communication,hospital,ward-round,patient safety
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2020 23:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61373
DOI: 10.1111/imj.13280

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