Drug record rap for care homes

Medication records in most Scottish care homes are inadequate, a review by the Care Commission suggests.

The commission recommended that in 80 per cent of homes medication reporting needs to improve.

The findings were based on visits to 30 care homes in Scotland, carried out in partnership with the Mental Welfare Commission. Problems with pharmacy services were identified in half of the homes visited.

The commission said it was concerned to find that none of the homes had a medication record system that could provide a complete, up-to-date record of all the medicines ordered, medicines taken and medicines thrown away.

Problems encountered on medication charts included duplicated entries, dual formulations of the same medicine and multiple preparations containing paracetamol.

It concludes that care homes should work with GPs and pharmacists to review medications.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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