Patients benefit when community and hospital pharmacies share info from patient profiles

Patients benefit when community and hospital pharmacies share info from patient profiles...especially when patients are admitted and discharged.

Some patient safety initiatives are now suggesting that hospitals review patient drug profiles upon admission...and send an updated profile to community practitioners upon discharge.

Hospital pharmacists find potential problems in over half the drug profiles they evaluate. Over 20% of these problems can cause harm during hospitalization. Almost 60% can cause harm if the error continues after discharge.

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