In this study of >800 hospital discharges at 2 academic medical centers, 50% had at least 1 medication error, 23% of which were serious and 2% of which were life threatening. Unfortunately, a post-discharge pharmacist medication reconciliation intervention did not appear to significantly reduce the risk of medication errors. Further studies are needed to determine effective interventions to reduce post-discharge medication errors (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.