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:

Medication Error Reporting Policies

In several recent Tuesday Tips we have been focusing on the issue of medication errors. First looking at how to define a medication error, and last week examining how to respond to medication error. This prompted a response from some Tuesday Tip subscribers emphasizing the need for clear reporting policies within individual assisted living and …

Responding to Medication Errors

In our last Tuesday Tip we discussed the importance of defining medication errors so that they can be monitored for, reported on, and responded to appropriately. In this week’s Tip we turn our attention to the appropriate actions to take when a medication error occurs:

What is a Medication Error?

Over 80% of assisted living residents require assistance with medications, and research suggests that error rates could be as high as 35%. This stresses the importance of monitoring medication errors in your own community.