Seniors Should Review Meds After Hospitalization
For older adults, medication changes made during a hospital stay or at discharge can lead to confusion, dosing errors, and serious harm that could land them right back in the hospital. There are ways to prevent those problems, including patient education, telephone follow-up, and a process called “medication reconciliation.” That’s when a pharmacist or other health care professional compares all of the patient’s medications to make sure they’re correct and safe when taken together. In 24 studies involving 17,664 patients ages 65 and over, those actions reduced readmissions over the next 90 days by about 20 percent. If the hospital doesn’t offer those services, ask a doctor or pharmacist to review all of your meds.
Source: Age and Ageing, published online Feb. 19, 2020