Medication errors can occur at different stages of inpatient care -it can happen while prescribing, dispensing, preparing, administering, or monitoring medication to the patients. Hundreds of people every year in the UK are seriously harmed because of medication errors. According to a study, every year 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England, and avoidable adverse drug reactions are the reason behind hundreds of deaths. Yet most medication errors can be prevented.
Medication errors in care homes occur for a number of reasons – which include poor communication between the care home staff and doctors, inadequate knowledge of the patient’s illness, handwritten medication orders that are illegible and misspelled, missed dosage, patients are given the medicine via a wrong route and confusion with drug names that sound alike. Many care homes in the UK are automating the entire medication management and administration process to reduce the occurrence of medication errors. With the help of eMAR or electronic MAR, a handheld electronic medication administration record system, the care homes are ensuring that the medication is administered reliably and safely to the residents.
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Benefits of shifting to eMAR from MAR sheets
With eMAR you get to enjoy a host of benefits – it records every user interaction, thus helping you get an accurate audit trail. With real-time medication alerts, you can rest assured that there aren’t any missed doses. Also, the data can be tracked at all stages ( right from the moment it’s ordered at the pharmacy till administration) at the touch of a button – which means the time care home managers and senior care staff spend doing audits and checking MAR sheets will reduce significantly. Here’s how eMAR is helping our clients –
“It does mean that medication can’t be missed”
“My favorite thing is it brings up the drugs that are due at that time, and the ease that you can check things”
eMAR not only makes medication administration simple but also improves the handovers between care teams.
Book an eMAR demo
Get in touch with one of our team members for a 30-minute webinar demo. With webinar demos, we don’t need to come to your site – which means it’s not only easy to arrange but also there is no chance of face-to-face communication hence no risk of infection.