BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Medication Reconciliation in Acute Care

Our Challenge 

Over the last decade, many studies have proven that adverse drug events are a common occurance in our healthcare system. More than half of the medication errors that occur in hospitals happen during transitions in care.1 Poor communication during these transitions play a large role in their occurence. The Canadian Adverse Events Study found drug and fluid related adverse events to be the second most common type reported.2

Medication reconciliation is important to reduce the risk of medication errors across the health continuum. It’s about empowering health care providers to work together with patients and other caregivers to ensure accurate medication information is documented and communicated consistently between care settings.

Imagine if you could reduce the number of these adverse drug events. With medication reconciliation…you can!

At a Glance

Key Contacts

Keith White
Clinical Lead

Mary Lou Lester
Quality Leader

Derek Rains
Director of Medical Services
Ministry of Health