Medication management plays a key role in determining the quality of care offered in different types of care homes such as nursing care homes, respite care homes, dementia care homes, and disability care homes.
Using eMAR (electronic Medication Administration Record) can help care homes streamline their medication administration as the system outperforms paper-based MAR sheets.
Here are some reasons why using eMAR in medication management is important:
1. Increased operational efficiency and productivity
By using eMAR, care home staff can benefit from operational efficiency and productivity. How? The system eliminates the need for care home staff to spend valuable time correcting or precisely updating paper-based medication administration records.
eMAR has an easy-to-use user interface. By using it, care home staff spend less time documenting and updating medication administration. The result? They can devote more time to providing personal care to residents, which is an essential part of quality care.
2. Adhering to the highest standard of medication administration procedures
As eMAR incorporates alters and modifications, the system can help ensure the practice of the highest standard of medication administration procedures by prompting care home staff to comply accordingly.
The alerts in eMAR can also help care home staffs adhere with the six Rs of proper medication administration – Right medication, Right resident, Right dose, Right documentation, Right route, and Right time.
3. Improved management of medicine stocks
Inefficient management of medicine stocks can result in medication errors such as untimely dosage resulting from delays in restocking care home inventory; it can also result in wastage of medicines. However, eMAR can help improve management of medicine stocks as the system can integrate with pharmacy.
4. Improved communication between care homes, GP, and pharmacy
Transparent communication between care homes, GP, and pharmacy is essential to ensuring proper medication management and lowering the risks of medication errors. eMAR allows seamless integration between the three entities.
5. Versatility in viewing documented records
Care home managers when looking into the documented medication administration records can get a 360 degree view of the care home’s overall medication management. They can run the reports by user, resident, medication, and time.
In other words, they are able to view who gave what to whom and when. This is also possible in traditional paper-based MAR sheets but it takes more time and can be stressful.
Improve medication administration management in your care home using Electronic MAR
Electronic MAR is solely designed to help care homes improve their medication administration management in order to lower medication errors. The mobile and cloud-based solution is easy to install and use. Electronic MAR is designed to look like paper-based MAR sheets.
Learn how care homes in the UK have benefited from implementing Electronic MAR into their medication administration management. Watch the video here: www.electronicmar.co.uk/emar/.