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Nursing homes need methods to prevent medication errors

There are many things that nursing home residents and their loved ones have to worry about. One of these is whether or not they are getting the correct medications at the correct times. There are many things that can go wrong with medication administration in these care facilities.

One study that was done overseas looked into whether medication administration robots could help reduce the instance of medication errors. The results were a bit shocking. The study found that even when robots got the medications together for dispensing, errors are still made.

Nonetheless, this study found that the issue with medication administration is with the employees who pass out medications. It pointed out that there is a need to increase training that these individuals go through. Without proper training, employees can still make errors that can lead to patient harm.

The study took a look into three nursing homes, and the results point to an industry-wide problem that has to be addressed before residents begin to suffer harm at a more alarming rate than they do now.

Some nursing home residents are at a marked disadvantage when it comes to medication errors. They might not be able to notice problems with their medications. This could mean that they don't get the medications that they need or that they are getting the incorrect medications without recognizing that there is a problem until they are facing serious issues because of the medication errors.

These residents and their families might opt to seek compensation for medication errors if they suffer harm because of the errors.

Source: NCBI, "Medication Administration Errors in Nursing Homes Using an Automated Medication Dispensing System," Patricia van den Bemt, accessed July 21, 2017

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