Preventing Medication Errors in the Home

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Medication for Alzheimer's | 0 comments

Medication errors have become a national issue. At least 1.5 million people are harmed annually with a containment cost of 3.5 billion dollars spent to treat drug related injuries. Dementia patients living at home must be recognized as being particularly more vulnerable to medication errors.

In the care environment of a patient’s home, there are a multitude of unique variables that may contribute to the challenge of assuring medication errors do not occur. Challenges present themselves for our visually impaired patients, patients who live alone, patients with multiple medications, and the lack of an individual caregiver who can assume the role for medication administration in order to ensure complete adherence to the prescribed regimen.

A medication error is defined as “any preventible event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm when the medication is in the control of the patient, or consumer”.

ElderCare at Home’s field staff are responsible for assuring the patient’s five rights are assured: right patient, right medication, right dose, right route, and right time. Knowledge of each individual patients allergies, medication indications, and contradictions, as well as any adverse reactions, is a basic responsibility of all our practicing nurses.

To find out how our medication management programs can help you or someone you care for, contact us at 800-209-4342.

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Huge New Screening (and drug treatment) Push for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach, alzheimer's disease west palm beach, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Medication for Alzheimer's, treatment for Alzheimer's, Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

(NaturalNews) Alzheimer’s researchers are pushing for the disease to be redefined so that treatment can begin years earlier than under current practices.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and can currently be conclusively diagnosed only with an autopsy. It already affects more than 26 million people around the world, and this number is expected to triple by 2050.
“The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are progressive mental deterioration characterized by an inability to carry out daily activities, a loss of cognitive functions, and a loss of memory functions,” writes Tom Bohager in his book Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes.
“Extensive research studies indicate that the causes of Alzheimer’s disease can include genetic factors, age, environmental factors, chronic exposure to aluminum and/or silicon, and increased oxidative damage due to long-term toxic exposure.”
Dementia cannot currently be cured, but some drugs have been developed that attempt to slow its progression. Many of these drugs have limited effectiveness in the later stages of the disease, however, when symptoms have become severe.
For this reason, researchers from the International Working Group for New Research Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease published an article in The Lancet calling for a new definition of Alzheimer’s.
Under the proposed definition, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis could be made in any patient suffering from episodic memory impairment who also tested positive for at least one biomarker that scientists have associated with the disease.
Biomarkers are chemicals in the body that imply the presence of a certain condition. One of the most well-known biomarkers is the prostate specific antigen (PSA), which is correlated with inflammation of the prostate gland.
“It’s very important for us to move from the old way of seeing Alzheimer’s disease to a new one that incorporates the importance of biomarkers,” said the working group’s Bruno Dubois. “There is no longer a reason to wait until patients have developed full-blown dementia.”
Sources for this story include: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS….
by David Gutierrez, staff writer-Natural News
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