Benefits of Providing ED Discharge Medications from the Facility’s Outpatient Pharmacy

February 22, 2012 | Risk Management News

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Judiciously dispensing emergency department (ED) discharge medications from the ED’s outpatient pharmacy within the facility is a major convenience that can improve the likelihood of medication adherence among pediatric patients, concludes a study published in the February 2012 issue of Pediatrics. According to the study, ED visits often occur at times when the majority of pharmacies are not open and parents and caregivers are concerned with getting their ill or injured child directly home. Previous studies have indicated that approximately one-third of patients fail to obtain priority medications from a pharmacy after discharge from an ED.

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