Last month the CQC published a report on medicines in health and adult social care.
You can read the full report on the CQC website.
The report outlines the risks inherent in medicine management and how these risks can be mitigated.
The CQC assesses medicine management to provide homes with areas in which they can drive improvement.
Medicine management and the risks
Risk and error were most likely to occur in:
- Supply, storage and disposal
- Staff knowledge
- Reporting on incidents
- Transfer of residents between services (in discharge to and back from hospital)
Reducing medicine risks
The CQC have advised that adopting best practice such as the NICE guidelines will help providers manage medicines safely.
Other tips that stood out to us include:
- Using a dedicated pharmacist for the home
- Providing staff with more training around handling and administering medicines
- Naming a person in charge of training and a person in charge of medicine oversight
- Utilise nursing associates
- Adopt NHS guidelines
Where can technology help you improve?
- Enhancing documentation
- Enforcing signing for medications that are administered and those that are missed
- Printable documents for transfer situations
- Competencies for simple medication administration tasks
As well as making medication administration more efficient, technology assists in mitigating risks by providing transparency across the entire record system.
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