Best Practice: Medication Management
12 Oct 2022
The CQC advocate that, “Good record keeping protects people receiving medicines support and their care workers.” The NICE guideline [NG67] states, “Social care providers should have robust processes for care workers who are supporting people to take their medicines, including the 6 rights (R's) of administration.” But concerningly medication management can go wrong and with all the extra pressures the sector has faced over the past few years it seems we need to review best practice. Research for the Department of Health shows that 7 out of 10 residents are exposed to at least one medication error per day. Mistakes are made by people across the process from the GP to the pharmacist and care home staff. In the care home, incidents commonly occur where: • The resident is accidentally given the wrong medication. • The resident is given too much or too little of their own medication. • The resident is given it at the wrong time. • The care professional fails to identify drug interactions or contraindications. I am sure we all agree medication management is one of the most important aspects of adult social care, as if an error occurs it can have fatal implications. Care homes ultimately need to adopt a person-centred approach to medication practice that manages, mitigates and minimises error.