Have you heard the phrase “If it’s on the list, it won’t be missed!”? In order to provide the safest treatment to patients at all points of their care it’s important to know what medications a patient is taking and be able to communicate that information effectively.
Medication reconciliation (med rec) is designed to contribute to fulfilling that need through a systematic process that ensures medication lists are accurate and up-to-date. Whether med rec is carried out to create admission medication orders in a hospital, or as part of a Comprehensive Annual Care Plan in a community pharmacy, pharmacy technicians can play an important role in the process. Pharmacy technicians’ involvement in the med rec process, especially in the development of best possible medication histories (BPMH) is becoming increasingly evident. You can improve patient safety by learning about how BPMH and med rec can be used in practice. Pharmacy technicians are also well positioned to educate patients and caregivers about the importance of keeping up-to-date medication lists.
Now is your last chance to learn about how to complete med rec and earn accredited continuing education credits at the same time. Accreditation for BPMH and Beyond: Pharmacy Technicians’ Role in Medication Reconciliation will expire July 27, 2019.
After successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe how med rec can be used to improve patient safety
- Outline the elements of the BPMH
- Apply the steps of a med rec process
- Use good communication techniques when interviewing patients
- Explain the importance of patients keeping up-to-date medication lists