SCRANTON, Pa., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, a man, traveling on business to Scranton, Pennsylvania began having a seizure. He was rushed by ambulance to Moses Taylor Hospital where clinicians identified that he was hypoglycemic. As a result of his recent seizure, the patient was unable to communicate his current medications. Within a minute of the patient finishing registration, a form automatically printed out in the triage area of the ED with an extensive medication list, including the patient's specific insulin and anti-seizure medications. The nurses and doctors at Moses Taylor Hospital were able to expedite treatment.
Later that same night, a woman from out of town presented at the Moses Taylor Hospital Emergency Department with complications arising from her recent surgery. She had been taking a very complicated combination of medications as a result of her procedure and was unable to communicate those medications to the ED nurses at Moses Taylor Hospital. As before, a complete list of medications printed for the patient and the nurses were able to use that list to immediately begin treatment without fear of potential adverse drug interactions.
The quality care at Moses Taylor Hospital described above was facilitated by the HCS Medication Reconciliation service in its first night of use at the hospital. It works by using the patient demographic information available from the registration process to query RxHub, insurance companies and other sources of patient prescription drug information. This information is then formatted onto a customizable form designed by Moses Taylor Hospital and prints to the printer closest to where the patient is currently located. Moses Taylor's nurses use that information to interview the patient and confirm the medications that they are taking. As seen in the examples above, the immediate availability of a patient's medications can greatly increase the quality and efficiency of health care.
The HCS Medication Reconciliation service (http://www.hcsinc.net) assists hospitals in collecting a patient's medication history when they arrive. The patients' above are not unique in their inability to effectively communicate their medications. The average MEDICARE patient is taking at least 18 medications prescribed by over six different doctors. When you combine the above statistics with the stress involved with a hospital visit, it is no wonder that patients are often unable to give clinicians an accurate list of their current medications. The HCS Medication Reconciliation service resolves this issue and is currently in use at over 60 hospitals around the country.
|SOURCE Health Care Systems, Inc.|
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