Medication Management Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Inappropriate medication use, adherence problems, and medication administration errors increase the risk of adverse events and can lead to unnecessary medical costs. The use of software-based screening protocols and medication reviews by pharmacists can help identify medication problems or concerns, improve appropriate use, and reduce the potential for errors.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that implemented medication management processes to reduce the risk of errors and adverse events.
The featured QualityTools provide guidelines and tools to improve medication safety and use in various care delivery settings.
- Care Managers Use Software-Aided Medication Review Protocol for Frail, Community-Dwelling Seniors, Leading to More Appropriate Medication Use
- Multiple Safeguards in Hospital Intravenous Medication Administration Processes Reduces Dosing Limit Violations and Improves Nurse Efficiency
- Pharmacy Clinics Help Low-Income, Elderly Individuals Access Medications, Leading to Better Adherence and Lower Costs
Also in This Issue:
- Community Addiction Recovery Center Helps Members Remain Drug/Alcohol Free and Find Housing and Employment
- Medical "Extensivists" Care for High-Acuity Patients Across Settings, Leading to Reduced Hospital Use
- Health Plan Uses Nurse Practitioners to Improve Outcomes for Seniors With Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Wounds