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8/2/2012 6:00 PM

​​An updated Safer Healthcare Now! Getting Started Kit (GSK) for Medication Reconciliation in Long-Term Care is now available for download in English and French at Medication reconciliation is a process intended to reduce the number of harmful drug events and potential resident harm associated with poorly communicated changes in medication that may occur as residents transfer from one care setting to another.

“The GSK is chock-full of examples of processes and the most current evidence available that can be used by both the experienced healthcare professional and those new to medication reconciliation,” says Marg Colquhoun, Medication Reconciliation Intervention Co-Lead for Safer Healthcare Now!  “The tools and resources in the kit are easy-to-use and readily available to advance medication reconciliation across the continuum of care.”

This step-by-step guide will assist healthcare professionals working in long-term care (LTC) facilities across Canada to implement medication reconciliation.  Although the kit is intended for LTC, its application can also be used by rehabilitation hospitals, palliative care/hospice units, complex continuing care facilities, mental health institutions and homes for children.

The new GSK includes revised definitions for medication reconciliation (MedRec) and the Best Possible Medication History (BPMH) to clearly define the steps involved. For the admission process, detail is provided on the pro-active process (orders created from the BPMH), and the retro-active process (orders created first, then the BPMH, and cross-checked). Updated evidence and references include new research and publications related to MedRec in LTC.

The data submission process has also been updated to include the new electronic Patient Safety Metrics System, now being used by Safer Healthcare Now! to collect data from teams.

The GSK includes instructions for using the new online Communities of Practice (CoP) and a number of additional tools and resources are available on the site, under “Community Documents”.  To join or sign-in to the CoP, visit and select MedRec – Medication Reconciliation.

Getting Started Kits are also available for MedRec in Acute Care and MedRec in Home Care.  Visit to access all Medication Reconciliation Getting Started Kits.