Transfers of Care Around Medicine

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Dr Bernard Crotty
Chris Learoyd


Transfer of Care, medicines, pharmacy, patient safety, efficiency


This article covers both patient safety issues and optimising medicine use, this national initiative is known as Transfers of Care around Medicine (TCAM). When a patient moves from one care setting to another, this is known as a transfer of care. When transfers of care occur there is an increased risk of adverse effects due, in part, to medication errors arising. This article asserts that a relatively small investment can generate significant cost avoidances; thereby delivering significant financial, economic and social benefits to the health community as well as enhancing patient safety.

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