Medication Delivery Timeframes

A Tuesday Tip subscriber recently emailed to ask us about the common practice of giving routine medications within a two-hour “window.”  This got us thinking about what standards are out there regarding medication delivery times? While it is fairly common practice to give medications within a two-hour timeframe of the scheduled delivery time, there are …

Higher Acuity – The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

According to the CDC, every year 2 million people in the United States become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Assisted living providers are increasingly faced with residents who have infections with organisms such as Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Clostridium difficile; …

Higher Acuity – Manage High Risk Medications

In this week’s Tuesday Tip we are continuing our focus on managing higher acuity.  Assisted living providers know that managing medications is one of the most important—and challenging—aspects of caring for a higher acuity population.  With higher acuity often comes more medications and a greater risk of side effects or adverse reactions.

Reducing Medication Errors

Research has shown that medication error rates in assisted living and residential care communities are close to 30%.  However, over 70% of errors are related to dose timing, which means they can be easily reduced/avoided.  Follow these steps to reduce the medication error rate in your community:

Morphine Administration in an RCFE

This week’s Tuesday Tip is in response to one of the most common questions we are asked: What are the regulations/best practice in an RCFE for the administration of morphine to residents who are able to assist and to those who are not able to assist (ex. bedridden hospice resident)?

Avoiding Overuse of Antipsychotic Medications

The use of atypical antipsychotics for residents with dementia is under increased scrutiny–including drawing the attention of the U.S. Senate Special Committee in Aging. The increased focus is due in part to studies that have shown increased health risks and unnecessary expenses from overuse of these newer medications. Fortunately, assisted living providers can take steps …

Insulin Pens

The CDC has published a reminder that insulin pens must never be used for more than one person. The notice was published in response to an increase awareness of improper use of insulin pens, and included the following safety tips:

Medication Assistance for Residents with Dementia

This week’s Tuesday Tip comes in response to a question posted on our blog. “Is a resident with dementia allowed to be retained in an RCFE when she requires her medications to be “fed” to her?”

Safely Managing Prescription Pain Killers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported skyrocketing increases in deaths from overdoses of prescription pain killers. According to the CDC, 15,000 people die every year from overdoses of these medications – more than those who die from heroin and cocaine combined.

Medication Expiration Dates

This week’s Tuesday Tip comes to us courtesy of Sandi Flores Consulting Group, and is in response to a question often asked by new medication aides/techs: “If a medication label only has a month and year listed for the expiration date, does it expire on the first day of the month listed, or the last …