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Implementation of a Bag Medication Reconciliation Initiative to Decrease Posthospitalization Medication Discrepancies

Becker, Dawn DNP, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000105

Medication discrepancies occur in 70% of hospital patients, especially during discharge. In community settings, bag medication reconciliation events have demonstrated effectiveness in evaluating current medication use and identifying medication discrepancies. A bag medication reconciliation process was implemented in the hospital setting to decrease medication discrepancies by encouraging evaluation of medication adherence, side effects, and monitoring at posthospitalization follow-up. After implementation, a 7% decrease in reportable errors was noted.

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WellSpan Health, York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Dawn Becker, DNP, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC, WellSpan Health, York Hospital, 1001 South George St, York, PA 17403 (

The author thanks Kimberly Fenstermacher, PhD, CRNP, York College of Pennsylvania, and Bonita Trapnell, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, and Glynnis Lowe, BSN, York Hospital.

There are no conflicts of interest.

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Accepted for publication: September 22, 2014

Published ahead of print: December 2, 2014

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