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Medication Management in Aged Care – Victoria

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Feb 042016
 

To ensure that you have currency of information in respect to the legislation about medication management in aged care, it is useful to access the health.vic website where the Victorian State Government has developed a hub for health services.
The site provides a wealth of information as well as clearly details a number of medicine management areas including nursing roles and responsibilities, medication delegation and supervision, storage and security of medicines and procedural practices related to different drug schedules.
If you access the web page https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/drugs-and-poisons/medication-management-in-aged-care this information is available for your reading and review. The site also provides a resource kit that was developed specifically to support residential aged care homes in meeting their medication management requirements.

If you are seeking information in relation to specific medicine schedules, maybe advice about how they are classified in relation to the Drug, Poisons and Controlled Substances legislation, then I would suggest exploring the information detailed at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/drugs-and-poisons/scheduled%20medicines
Remember, overall the classification of medicines and poisons into schedules is the responsibility of Therapeutics Goods Administration (better known as TGA) which is a strategic part of the Australian Government, Department of Health. Using the The Poisons Standard or SUSMP (Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons) decisions are be made in respect to the classification of medicines and poisons. Strategic inclusion in these decisions are the safe use and storage of medicines, preventing overuse and abuse of medicines and related poisons, as well as overall supporting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of the individual and the community.
Through The Poisons Standard being a national legislative document, consistency in relation to the classifications of medicines and poisons is provided across all Australian States and Territories. In turn this also supports the directives and instruction that must be followed in relation to prescribing, dispensing and administration as detailed by relevant State and Territory legislation in their respective documents.
To learn more about the scheduling of medicines and/or The Poisons Standard go to https://www.tga.gov.au/publication/poisons-standard-susmp

Understanding Dementia and its Effects

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Feb 032016
 

Understanding dementia and its effects can be difficult. Alzheimer’s Research UK has come up with a new approach using an orange, the help of famous media maker (Wallace and Grommet) and the voice of former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston. Through the 90 second film clip the finality of dementia as a disease, as well as the misunderstandings that sometimes are believed about this disease are explored. This is achieved in the film through the symbolism of the humble orange in two main ways. Firstly the weight of the orange (140gms) is used to highlight the overall difference between a healthy brain and the loss caused in the brain of an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Secondly the individual segments of the orange are used to inform the viewer about the finality of this disease.

Overall the message is very much about understanding that dementia is a disease and like any other disease, dementia suffers deserve the same hope and research in order that a cure can be found.

Available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9MvEZskR6o&feature=youtu.be

Sample Handwash Competency – Download

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Jun 182015
 

Description: This free and fully usable competency for a handwash is reflective of the competencies within the Medication Competency Assessment System. It consists of three documents namely the over arching competency standard, the specific competency guideline and the competency assessment form for documenting individual assessments.

Further Information
Further information regarding the Pathways Medication Competency System
and range of available competencies for purchase is available on the
Medication Competency assessment system page of the Products menu.
Related Downloads
Medication Competency Assessment System – Table of Contents
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The download consists of three files reflecting the various components of the competency.
1. The competency standard
2. The competency guidelines
3. The competency form
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Medication Competency Assessment System – Table of Contents – Download

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Jun 182015
 

Description: The Pathways Medication Competency Assessment System consists of numerous documents and topics for competency assessment. The download featured on this page is a copy of the actual index to the Medication Competency Assessment System.


Further Information
Further information regarding the Pathways Medication Competency System
and range of available competencies for purchase is available on the
Medication Competency assessment system page under the products menu.
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Sample Handwash Competency – Download

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Medication Competency Assessment System – Table of Contents
Medication Competency System Index (175 downloads)

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Reducing Interruptions during the Medication Round

 Carer, Medication, Registered Nurse  Comments Off on Reducing Interruptions during the Medication Round
Jun 042015
 

ArArticle_NPSe interruptions during the medication round an issue in your aged care home? When a medication round is occurring, what risks do interruptions pose and how can they reduce the safety of medicine administration?

Interruptions to nurses have been implicated as a source of error during a number of stages within the medication process, especially the preparation and administration of medications. Interventions designed to reduce these interruptions have included wearing of specific aprons by staff administering the medications requesting quiet and not to be interrupted, as well as ‘no interruption zones’ for the preparation of medication. But do these strategies work? Do they result in other issues?

Interesting in one study the vest requesting quiet and do not disturb was shown to also be interpreted to the resident to whom the medicines were administered and consequently impacted greatly on conversation and communication with the resident in accordance to their needs and preferences. It also demonstrated that as these vests were often bright colours they quickly drew the attention of visitors to the staff administering medications and consequently saw them being sought out to discuss their questions or concerns.

The article also asks the question are interruptions the issue or is it distractions and other sources of stimulation in the surrounding environment the issue and consequently impacts on medicine administration safety?

Explore the impact of medication interruptions in the following article Interventions to reduce interruptions during medication preparation and administration by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQH), by downloading the pdf file here.

Audit Tool Downloads

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Jan 072015
 

Description: The downloads featured on this page provide Audit tools for medication mangement. One download is a direct link to the Department of Health & Ageing website, whilst the other is the Pathways Audit tool for PRN Medication.

Further InformationThe following audit tools are available for download.Refer to the information page for further details.Note that the password is required for download access.  Related Downloads:
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Audit Tool (1) – Medication Management

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Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities - Download (124 downloads) Audit Tool (2) – PRN Medication Management
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