Published on December 16, 2020

Woman sitting on a couch with a prescription bottle in her hand.

Medication reconciliation helps prevent adverse side effects

ProHealth Care’s pharmacists and other health care professionals work together to ensure that every patient has the right medications, the medications are safe and effective, and they don’t interact in adverse ways. This process is referred to as medication reconciliation.

When you are a ProHealth patient, you are asked to provide medication information at every health care visit. That allows your medical team to ensure your electronic medical record is kept up to date and can be accessed by ProHealth professionals whenever and wherever you need care.

It’s important to let your pharmacist or provider know if a medication is causing any side effects. The pharmacist may be able to make dosing or administration recommendations and alleviate or reduce any undesirable impacts.

When a patient is admitted to a ProHealth hospital, a pharmacy technician and pharmacist review and verify all of the medications in the patient’s health record. They make sure that the right medication is prescribed in the dose needed, and that there are no duplicate or counteractive prescriptions. They want to ensure that medications are being taken as prescribed, and that they’re not causing any adverse side effects.

Before patients are discharged from the hospital, they receive information about their medications, including how and when to take each dose. They can even have new medications delivered to their hospital rooms, to ease their transitions home and avoid needing to stop and fill prescriptions. The goal is to prevent a future hospitalization resulting from medication-related issues.

It’s important to let your health care providers know about all of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. Sleep aids, vitamins or supplements, antacids, cold, flu or cough medicines and other seemingly harmless medications can interfere with some prescribed medications.

It is also wise to keep a current list of medications, including the dosages and how often you take them in your smart phone or wallet, too.