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Publication Type: Safety Bulletin
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 4/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Country: Canada

This Safety Bulletin addresses the need for use of novel technology to obtain a medication history and to provide patient education during times when direct patient contact is non-advisable for the safety of both the patient and health care provider. Such a time is during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISMP Canada recommends that medication history interviews and discharge patient education be conducted by telephone, video communication, or email, with the dual goals of reducing the number of non-essential entries into patients’ rooms (and the associated risk of viral transmission) and conserving personal protective equipment (PPE) during a pandemic. The Bulletin provides numerous recommendations to provide virtual medication histories and provide discharge medication. A fax template for communicating with the community pharmacy is provided. Additional recommendations, available via the references, are provided by the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

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Virtual Medication History Interviews and Discharge Education