Accidental misuse of medications can be extremely harmful to you or your loved ones health!
Every year, harmful adverse drug effects (ADEs) result in over 177,000 visits to emergency departments by older adults. AmeraCare offers care from a specially trained team to help prevent ADEs and manage medication properly. Read on to find out more about how our special medication management team works with you or your loved one.
Older adults are by far the largest users of medications. According to a nationally conducted survey, 17 to 19% of adults aged 65 or older take at least ten medications (prescription or non-prescription drug, vitamin/mineral, herbal /natural supplement) in a given week.
We Help Prevent Adverse Drug Events
While medications certainly help to improve a patient’s quality of life, preventing medication-related problems among older adults is a serious concern. Each year, adverse drug events (ADEs) harm resulting from the use of medication result in over 177,000 visits to emergency departments by older adults, according to Slone Epidemiology Center.
AmeraCare Home Health’s specially-trained team implements strategies and techniques to help prevent adverse drug events and other issues associated with poor medication management. Our medication management team includes skilled field nurses, proactive case managers, and medical directors.
Skilled Field Nurses for Medication Management
- Review the Medication Administration Record during each patient visit to assess for adverse drug events.
- Evaluate and address patient medication adherence. Provide education on medication safety to the patient/caregiver.
- Deliver and provide training on the use of the agency-provided pill organizer.
Proactive Case Managers
- Completes Medication Field Audit visits to corroborate the findings of the skilled field nurses.
- Determines if the patient would benefit from a visit from the physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and/or medical social worker and refers accordingly.
- Coordinates accurate and effective communication with the interdisciplinary team.
- Meets biweekly with the Case Manager to discuss each patient.
Additional Resources on Medication Management
1: Budnitz DS, Pollock DA, Weidenbach KN, Mendelsohn AB, Schroeder TJ, Annest JL. National surveillance of emergency department visits for outpatient adverse drug events. JAMA 2006;296:1858-66.
2: Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. Patterns of medication use in the United States, 2006. Accessed May 25, 2015.
3: Aspden P, Wolcott JA, Bootman JL, Cronenwett LR, eds. Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series. Washington DC: National Academies Press; 2006.