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Introduction The value of a thorough medication regimen review is without question important in accessing recent or persistent changes in a resident’s condition such as worsening of an existing problem or the emergence of new signs or symptoms....
There have been questions about how to log and destroy the new strip package medications. What to do when they are discontinued, expired, or left in the facility. For your convienience, we have provided a link to the policy and procedure below....
The staff interview focuses on the care the residents receive daily, but may reveal where inconsistencies are between the resident’s plan of care and care received. Surveyors will speak with staff members, primarily licensed nurses who have direct...
Gayco employs approximately 25 Oconee Fall Line Technical College (aka Heart of Georgia Technical College) pharmacy technology graduates. Program director, Jack J. Shepherd, RPh, has been with the college for 10 years. “Bent Gay, owner of Gayco...
Most nurses will agree medication administration through an enteral tube is one of the more complicated medication passes. Administering medications via enteral tubes are based on nursing assessment of the resident condition, in consultation with...
Bad reactions to prescription medications result in approximately 1.5 million hospitalizations and 100,000 deaths each year. Of these "bad reaction", approximately 700,000 are caused by common medications. It is easy to forget that most...
With new regulatory guidelines now in effect, it may be an appropriate time to review common laboratory monitoring with medications commonly used in the elderly. Surveyors will be checking for appropriate labs in assuring therapeutic efficacy and...
Are you up to date with the new pharmacy regulations? Most of the regulations are just rewritten, combining separate regulations into one. However there is a new section for the consultant pharmacist, tag 427, for over seeing the pharmacy services...
Are You in Compliance? As you are aware, the new tag F334 – Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunizations went into effect 10/15/06. According to CMS, the facility is considered in compliance with this requirement if the following occurs: Each resident...
Depression is a common and treatable disorder that affects up to 50% of our residents in the long term care facility. It is important that we recognize the signs and symptoms of depression so that proper psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy can be...
It does not matter now many surveys we go through and how well we are prepared, it is still such an emotional trauma to go through. We all get nervous, strung out, become easily agitated, intimidated, and sometimes physically ill. It's human...
Metered doses are measured amounts in a container. The manufacturer measures the correct number of doses and then overfills the product to ensure that the correct number of medication doses are available to administer. For instance, albuterol...