Can Physicians Write “Continue All Medications”?

Can a physician write "continue all medications" as a form of completely reconciling medications?


The Joint Commission standard MM.3.20 EP 9 states that the hospital specifies that blanket reinstatement of previous orders – a summary order to resume all previous orders – for medications are not acceptable.

Sentinel Event Alert Issue 35, January 25, 2006 states, 

  •  "Accurate and complete medication reconciliation can prevent numerous prescribing and administration errors. Failure to reconcile medications may be compounded by the practice of writing "blanket" orders, such as "resume pre-op medications," which are highly error prone and are known to result in adverse drug events.  Such orders are explicitly prohibited by the Joint Commission's Medication Management standards (MM.3.20)."
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