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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical EditorREAD MORE: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide Update On July 4 Parkway Shooting That Injured 2 Officers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Most people are quite relieved after they are discharged from the hospital. After all, the hospital can be a frightening place for people not used to the environment and heading back to a safe home is a natural source of relief.READ MORE: Partial Collapse Of 2 Homes In West Oak Lane Under Investigation
But some people might not be safe when they get home if the paperwork – or computer work – was done poorly at the hospital. They may have the wrong dose of medication or find them selves taking double medication. In fact, a very large study found a significant number of people who are on heart medications make an error on one of their medications in the first few days after hospital discharge.
Medication reconciliation at discharge is a process where patients are supposed to be explained the drugs they are going home with in a thorough fashion. But this is not always done.MORE NEWS: Highland Park Suspect Admitted To Firing On Parade Crowd, And Contemplated Attack In Madison, Wisconsin, Officials Say
If you are hospitalized and given new medications ask about them and understand them…it can be very confusing and it’s a great idea to get help.