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When a patient is ready to be discharged, a nurse reviews the medications that the patient is currently taking and will need to take after he or she leaves. Ideally, this medication reconciliation process will go smoothly–and there will be no discrepancies. Of course, in the real world, discrepancies are often detected during this process, and some aren’t picked up at all.
Medication discrepancies at patient discharge are a major risk factor for adverse drug events, as well as hospital readmissions, which hospitals that depend on Medicare funding desperately want to avoid.