A guide for medication management at hospital discharge
As a pharmacist, I encounter complications with hospital discharge prescriptions almost on a daily basis. Missing information, discrepancies from patient’s previous therapy, potential interactions to confirm with the doctor, clarifications on the last dose given at the hospital, and the list goes on.
Not surprisingly, information tends to get miscommunicated or lost when passed through many different hands, and these complications result in a lot of stress and wasted time for the caregiver.
The pharmacist also struggles in chasing down relevant doctors and nurses in the hospital to collect the information needed to properly prepare the medication.
During a hospital discharge, as a caregiver, you are likely overwhelmed with information from different healthcare professionals. Whether it is the first or a recurrent admission for the person in your care, it probably feels stressful each time. But it doesn’t have to be.
Managing the discharge prescription and ensuring a smooth transition of medication therapy in the community setting can in fact be simple if you have a guide that helps you ask the important questions and record the important information.
We have prepared a Hospital Discharge Checklist to help you do just that.
This handy discharge checklist is comprehensive and considerate of all of the important pieces of information at all the important checkpoints through the hospital discharge process. This discharge checklist guides you to track the necessary information when leaving the hospital and when arriving at the pharmacy. It also facilitates communication and clarification, and ultimately helps reduce stress and wait times.
If you are a caregiver, print out this Hospital Discharge Checklist and bring it with you when the person in your care is being discharged from a hospital stay. This checklist will help keep of all the important information organized and easily accessible.
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Let us know if you found this Hospital Discharge Checklist helpful! You might also like our article on Getting Health and Medical Information Organized. Be sure to print a copy of the Elizz Hospital Discharge Checklist designed for caregivers.
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