Most people know that they need to double-check which substances they’re allowed to mix with their medications. From alcohol to OTC drugs like aspirin, it can be dangerous to pair certain ingredients with others. But not everyone realizes they need to be careful about the types of foods they eat when they’re taking certain medications.
A MAR, or Medical Administration Record, is a legal record of drugs administered to a patient by a healthcare professional. Healthcare providers transitioning to an electronic MAR are choosing a better way of providing care for their patients as efficiently as possible.
The anticipated changes for Florida administrative code 58A-5.0185 were published on May 10, 2018, however, some teams are just now finding out. But not to worry, these changes are meant to have a positive impact.
Antibiotic overuse is a classic example of “too much of a good thing.” These medicines protect us against a multitude of bacterial illnesses, expanding human lifespans and allowing us to carry out a range of activities without fear. But when people take too many antibiotics, or take them for the wrong illnesses, they harm their own health while making the drugs less effective for everyone.
Picture “prescription drug problem” and you probably imagine people taking medications they don’t need. But our society also has the opposite problem— many people fail to take medications that they very much need! A staggering 125,000 Americans die each year from failing to take essential medicine, while millions more become seriously ill. It is thus essential that we all take essential medications consistently and make sure our loved ones do as well. But that starts with figuring out why people stop taking medications and what the consequences are of doing so:
Sometimes when it becomes difficult to tend to daily personal care due to aging or disability, people still feel reluctant to seek daily help. This resistance is natural. However, as a long-term care professional, one of the first steps you can take to help ease this discomfort is to explain the services you will provide.
Most nurses know that Florida is one of many states requiring continuing education for license renewals. However, the deadlines for those license renewals can be a bit confusing. For example, Some only require a one-time renewal and others may require it every third license renewal, meaning every six years.
A filler is a substance in medication that has no therapeutic effect. It’s generally added to provide the medication with some other desirable characteristic such as color, flavor or texture. However, fillers can also have adverse side effects that physicians must consider when deciding which medication to prescribe. Compounded medication is an effective solution to the problems caused by fillers, since it can be customized for an individual patient.
Hurricanes are potentially deadly events, both during and after, especially for the elderly. Even though our assisted living and long-term care facilities have been preparing for these events for many years, both Irma and Matthew were difficult to overcome.
Compound medications can’t be found sitting on the shelf of a pharmacy. These prescriptions are custom mixtures ordered by the doctor and filled by a compounding pharmacy. Prepared by licensed pharmacists, the drug’s form, taste, texture, and/or strength are modified for the patient. In some cases, the medicinal ingredient is still available for treatment, but the concentration is not manufactured commercially for the public.