BC Renal and the health authority renal programs were the first in Canada to initiate medication reconciliation (or "med rec") for kidney patients across the continuum of renal care – from clinic, to admission, to transfer, to discharge, and back to the clinic.
Kidney patients, with their needs for multiple medications and frequent prescription changes, are at a higher risk than most patients for medication errors. In addition to improving patient safety, med rec supports easier hospital admission and discharge, providing patients with up-to-date medication lists, and better drug-use evaluation at patient, prescriber and network levels.
In addition to being recognized by Accreditation Canada as a “leading practice,” the BC renal med rec program has received the following awards:
An Excellence in BC Healthcare Award of Merit (Collaborative Solutions category) from the Health Employers’ Association of BC in 2010
An Excellence in Quality: Across the Province award from the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council in 2011
A “Trailblazer Award” from Canada Health Infoway for the use of PROMIS in medication reconciliation. The award was part of Infoway’s ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge.
BCR has developed a number of reports and tools to assist programs with medication reconciliation:
For more information about the BC renal med rec program, contact Dan Martinusen.