The BC Renal Agency 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 agency 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.
BCPRA 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.