Drug management in care homes – associations take up the gauntlet

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Nearly half of all nursing and care homes fail to meet national minimum standards for how they give people medication prescribed by their doctors to treat serious and other illnesses, according to a report prepared by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). The report has found that people are given the wrong medication, someone else1s medication, medication in the wrong doses, or no medication at all. Staff are said to be poorly trained and records are not kept properly. More than 5,000 out of 11,500 homes for older people and more than 3,000 out of nearly 8,000 homes for younger adults fail to meet national minimum standards. CSCI chair Dame Denise Platt said there were important things that nursing homes and care homes must do now – including keeping proper records of who has been given what medication and when; and making sure members of staff are properly trained to handle medication. “Giving people the right medicine, in the right doses, at the right time is critical,” said Dame Denise. “Homes

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