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Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy
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St Maarten Hospital Mechelen and WZC Hof van Egmont nursing home
Please specify in which regions/provinces: BELGIQUE-BELGIË›VLAAMS GEWEST›Prov. Antwerpen›Arr. Mechelen
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Communication problems in medicine use can often lead to unintented intakes of double doses, or problems with the restart of medicinal treatments. The initiative has a preventative focus as it addresses and prevents unsafe medication practice.
The initiative is developed in the local hospital AZ Sint Maarten in Mechelen, and more specifically the hospital pharmacy. To improve communication flows about medicinal information and follow-up of patients medicinal treatments between the hospital and the participating nursing home WZC Hof van Egmont a new communication procedure was developed.
The procedure includes the following:
If a resident of the nursinghome Hof van Egmont is taken into hospital AZ Sint Maarten, the clinical pharmacist will check the ‘medicinal profile’ of the patient/resident and do a close follow-up during the residents stay in the hospital.
The medicinal profile will be carefully checked on possible drug-drug interactions, actual times of intake of medication, possible errors due to formularium-switches.
When the patient/resident gets discharged from the hospital, a complete and transparent discharge-letter is provided. The aim is a fast and instant briefing of carepersonnel in the nursinghome.
One week after dischargement from the hospital, the pharmacist contacts the caregiver of the resident for a further follow-up of the medicinal treatment.
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Type of initiative: Public-private-partnership
Environment or setting of the initiative: Urban
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What triggered this initiative?:
The need for an innovative communication system to reduce the amount of drugs taken by patients.
The need for better communication about different medicinal-therapies.
The need for sharing expertise and supervision between both fields, client care in (social) nursing homes and medicinal care in healthcare settings).