TRC, the authors of Pharmacist’s Letter, announced the launch of Nurse’s Letter, an online resource designed to help hospital nurses improve patient care and reduce medication errors by providing relevant and timely medication management recommendations and learning.
Nurse’s Letter content includes concise, timely, evidence-based articles on the most current medication therapies, according to the press release. Edited and assembled by more than 40 expert clinical professionals including MDs, PharmDs and RNs, each issue includes recommendations that are free from pharmaceutical company influence and written to provide practical guidance. It includes the most relevant subjects that address preventing medication errors, optimizing transitions of care, proper medication administration, patient education pearls, and spotting medication red flags.
“Until now, we provided medication learning only to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and prescribers,” said Wes Crews, TRC CEO. “I am pleased to announce that with Nurse’s Letter we are expanding that medication learning to nurses, which fills an education void in today’s healthcare organizations, effectively extending the pharmacist to the nurse. Nurse’s Letter is a cost-effective learning resource, and is the shortest, fastest read with clinical recommendations available. Each month content is curated to ensure only relevant and timely information that is important to patients. Our content comes directly from frontline pharmacists and physicians, and allows nurses to make more effective decisions for their patients quickly and with confidence.”
Drug allergies or harmful drug interactions account for 11% of preventable medication errors. Serious preventable medication errors occur in 3.8 million inpatient admissions, costing the U.S. healthcare system $16.4 billion annually.
“Organizations that lack consistent protocol for medication therapy across the continuum can experience inconsistent medication management and errors, the results of which can not only be harmful to patients, but also negatively impact quality and reimbursement,” said Katherine Kenny, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University. “Nurse’s Letter enables nurses to better identify potential reconciliation issues, which can help prevent errors and improve overall medication therapy quality, all of which assist organizations with reducing errors and readmissions.”
According to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), 66% of preventable medication reconciliation errors occur during transitions of care, and 12% occur during discharge; activities where nurses can have a sizeable impact. Medication learning resources like Nurse’s Letter help improve transitions of care, which is a crucial point for preventable medication reconciliation errors that can lead to readmissions, or in extreme cases, death.