In this large prospective cohort, nurses gathered a home medication list, and compared it to ordered meds, at admission and discharge. Discrepancies were brought to the attention of the prescriber. The nurses found an unintentional discrepancy in 40% of patients, over half of which were judged as a potential harm scale of 2-3. Based on this, they estimate it would cost ~$113 to reduce 1 harmful discrepancy (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.