Medication Management

Medication management is the safe administration of medicines to ensure patients obtain the most benefit while minimizing potential harm and side effects.

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What is medication management?

It is defined as the clinical, cost-effective, and safe administration of medicines to ensure patients obtain the most benefit from the medication they require while minimizing potential harm to the patient.

All health and social care organizations need to understand the necessity of medication management and the procedures to guarantee the safe use of medicines.

Administration can be divided into five categories:

  • Medication storage

  • Medicine distribution

  • Medication education

  • Medicine disposal in a secure manner

  • Medication administration and record keeping

Staff in health and social care organizations engaged in any element of patient medication should get appropriate medication management and policy training.

Why is medication management important?

While some people are prescribed one medicine, some patients with more complex medical needs require multiple medications to treat various health conditions or symptoms. Without the correct protocols, the more prescriptions a patient gets, the more difficult it may be for them or their healthcare professionals to handle.

Proper medication management offers several advantages for patients, health care professionals, and organizations, including:

Reducing drug administration mistakes

Treatment errors can result in severe or unpleasant side effects. In some delicate circumstances, one mistake can result in the patient’s death. Effective medication management considerably lowers errors and mortality rates, making healthcare staff crucial for patients with multiple medications.

Customize patient care for optimum results

When medications are administered appropriately, patients receive the optimal drug, and their reaction to the dosage is closely monitored. This ensures that the prescription or dose can be modified if the patient’s health unexpectedly deteriorates, if they stop responding to the medicine, or have an allergic reaction. This meticulous monitoring allows patients to get the most out of their treatment.

Customize patient care for optimum results

When medications are administered appropriately, patients receive the optimal drug, and their reaction to the dosage is closely monitored. This ensures that the prescription or dose can be modified if the patient’s health unexpectedly deteriorates, if they stop responding to the medicine, or have an allergic reaction. This meticulous monitoring allows patients to get the most out of their treatment.

Care that is cost-effective

Medication errors can have serious repercussions; they might worsen a patient’s health or possibly result in a medical emergency. Mistakes like these are risky for patients and costly for health and social care organizations since they need additional medical treatment, hospitalization, or even a trip to the ER, all of which could have been avoided.

Patients and family members feel confident that proper dosages are used

Unfortunately, many people, especially the elderly, struggle to follow their doctors’ prescribed dosing schedules. Family members and caregivers may rest easy knowing that the patient is getting the prescribed dose of the proper drug at the correct time, thanks to professional medication management.

Patients and family members feel confident that proper dosages are used

Unfortunately, many people, especially the elderly, struggle to follow their doctors’ prescribed dosing schedules. Family members and caregivers may rest easy knowing that the patient is getting the prescribed dose of the proper drug at the correct time, thanks to professional medication management.

Medication management at Signature Health Services

Remember that higher doses or not knowing how your body will react to one or many medications could be dangerous. Medication management is advised, especially for patients who have to take several medicines to treat their condition.

At Signature Health Services, we provide nurses and other health care staff that can take care of you or your loved one. A healthcare professional is highly recommended for anyone in a situation that prevents them from taking care of themselves.

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