High-Risk Medications Essential Communication Elements Guide for Transitions of Care

Resource Location: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DnrfLZUr6vL93VMaMtK-sq9P0-TvY0jv/view?usp=drive_link

The purpose of this guide is improvement of cross-setting management of high risk medications (opioids, anticoagulants, and diabetes medications) during transitions of care to prevent adverse drug events and subsequently reduce emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions.

How can the Essential Communication Elements tools be utilized?

• Provide the fundamental communication criteria necessary for the proper transition of care related to pain medications, anticoagulants, and diabetes medications.
• Evaluate your facility practices regarding communication of requisite medication‐related elements to subsequent providers.
• Identify opportunities for system improvements.

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Focus Area(s): Adverse drug event resources, Anticoagulant resources, Care coordination, Diabetes medication resources, Opioid/pain management resources, Quality Improvement Resources