‘Use of medicines patient often badly transferred from doctor to doctor’

‘Use of medicines patient often badly transferred from doctor to doctor’

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In many care institutions is still very poor safety around medicines. Often things go wrong at the time that a physician a patient transfers to another health care provider.

The medicijnengebruik is in many cases not well documented, and transfer, concludes the Inspectorate of Health care (health care inspectorate) in a Monday published research.

The inspection examined the handling of medication in the past two years by general practitioners, hospitals, nursing homes, the disabled, mental health care and forensic care institutions.

“As care providers of different organizations are involved, there is often insufficient consultation. A mistake is made,” says Ronnie van Diemen, inspector general at the health care inspectorate.

Especially in patients taking multiple drugs for various disorders of swallowing, it is often wrong. That is especially the case with elderly people the case.


According to the inspectors, there is also more attention for the risks of the electronic voorschrijfsysteem (EVS), where more and more doctors use it.

“Systems can contain errors or are incomplete. You can not blindly rely on”, says Van Diemen. Also the patient him / herself plays an important role in medication safety. “During a visit to the doctor can be a patient sometimes forgot that he, for example, the use of drugs that he himself was at the drugstore has achieved.”

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