Safety and Quality > Our Work > Medication Safety > Medication reconciliation

Medication reconciliation is a formal process of obtaining and verifying a complete and accurate list of each patient’s current medicines. Medication reconciliation is matching the medicines the patient should be prescribed to those they are actually prescribed. Where there are discrepancies, these are discussed with the prescriber and reasons for changes to therapy are documented. When care is transferred a current and accurate list of medicines, including reasons for change is provided to the person taking over the patient’s care. Points of transition that require special attention are:

  • Admission to hospital
  • Transfer from the Emergency Department to other care areas (wards, Intensive Care, or home)
  • Transfer from the Intensive Care Unit to the ward
  • From the hospital to home, residential aged care facilities or to another hospital.

The Commission has a number of resources to support medication reconciliation:

Other useful resources include: