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Benefits of early pharmacist intervention and the role in transitions of care
Brittany Louie

Summary. Many residents come to skilled nursing facilities at the most vulnerable stages of their lives. They’re fragile, like eggs. When you think about picking up an egg and moving it from place to place, you don’t just throw it around. It requires a bit of extra time and effort. If you’re passing an egg off to someone else, you might place it in their hand and put your other hand underneath it as a backup just in case they don’t get it the first time. This is the concept of transitions of care in pharmacy. With patient safety at the core, clinical consultant pharmacists are now taking an active role in reducing medication errors during transitions of care from hospital to skilled nursing facilities to facilitate the best patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe deficits in transitions of care and current practice.
  2. Implement best practices and processes around transitions of care.
  3. Identify the benefits of early pharmacist intervention in transitions of care with case study results