Medication errors are common at the hospital discharge transition but there’s a lot we can do to improve this. The RCP is delighted to announce a new resource focusing on medication safety at hospital discharge that takes teams through the quality improvement process step-by-step.
The project was developed in close consultation with a multidisciplinary task and finish group and with input from across health and social care, including patient and carer representatives. This enabled a better understanding of problems that cross sector boundaries, such as medication safety at the hospital discharge transition, and ensured the problem was approached from multiple perspectives.
Project lead and RCP medicines safety clinical fellow Jen Flatman says: ‘We hope that these resources will act as an essential guide and reference source for you and your team, as you embark on your quality improvement project and make improvements in medication safety within and between your organisations.’
The guide and accompanying improvement tool templates are available to download below.
- Alqenae FA, Steinke D, Keers RN. Prevalence and nature of medication errors and medication-related harm following discharge from hospital to community settings: a systematic review. Drug Saf 2020;43:517-37.