Medication Reconciliation Test
You know well the risks of polypharmacy to your patients. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, polypharmacy leads to “an increased risk of adverse drug events (ADEs), drug-interactions, medication non-adherence, reduced functional capacity and multiple geriatric syndromes.” Yet patients often forget to list some of the medications they’re taking or neglect to take the medicines they’ve been prescribed. The process of medication reconciliation compares a patient’s medication orders to the medication they’ve actually taken, as evidenced through drug screenings. This process ensures there aren’t any gaps or oversights and that proper medication protocols are being followed to promote optimal outcomes.
LifeBrite Labs can help you with direct analysis of the metabolites in your patients’ urine. Our proprietary medication reconciliation panel, developed in-house, gives you a complete list of all the medications your patient is taking, allowing you to identify any potential risks or intervene when patients aren’t adhering to your prescribed treatment. Another tool at healthcare facilities disposal for medication reconciliation are toxicology screenings. An estimated 20% of medication errors are currently believed to be harmful to patients.