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The Good News of Medication Management

 

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****May is Medication Month!  Join us as we celebrate Medication Management and take a deeper look into the in’s and out’s of Medications.  Who says Medication Management can’t be fun?

There are quite a few people involved in a client receiving his or her medications like doctors, nurses, pharmacies, hospitals, delivery services and more. Anyone can make a mistake, and others rarely know the client’s routine like we do. Here are a few stories about staff being careful, diligent and preventing errors from reaching the client.

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One day a staff called in knowing needed 6 pills and there were only 5 in the box. He knew which medication was missing. He retrieved the medication from its bottle and the client got all of his medications that day!

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One staff member was about to open a new antibiotic prescription from the pharmacy for her client who was quite ill. She read that the drug was a Sulfa drug. Knowing that her client was allergic to Sulfa drugs, the staff did not administer it and called the pharmacy/doctor right away. The doctor wrote a new prescription for a different antibiotic. The already sick client was protected from a potentially life-threatening experience!

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A couple of staff have called and prevented 2 medications errors! They noticed a medication was missing from their day’s slot and two happened to be in the next day’s slot.

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We have a few clients who are very independent and do not have staffing all day. One staff was able to help a client who was thought 2 medications were the same kind and tried to “fix it” and only wanted 1 in her pill box.

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In all of these situations, a Compass staff member prevented harm. Their caution and attention to medication administration protected the clients. Thank you and well done!

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