VIDEO: Medication Safety in LTC: How auditing keeps residents safe

In Part 10 of The OMNIway’s video series on medication safety in long-term care, we speak with Carla Beaton, Medical Pharmacies’ vice-president of clinical innovations and quality improvement, about how auditing medications helps keep long-term care residents safe.

Medical Pharmacies, OMNI Health Care’s pharmaceutical services provider, works with long-term care homes to help them keep in compliance with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s compliance regulations.

Pharmacy staff will visit the homes to audit the medication management system. There are 11 different audits that are conducted to examine all different aspects of the medication management system, Beaton says. There is auditing for documentation of when a resident has been given a medication, what it was used for and if it worked.

“The documentation of medication is really important, the storage of medication is really important (and) making sure it’s double-locked,” Beaton says.

Certain medications are flagged if they are time sensitive.

“A lot of those examples would be eye drops or insulin,” Beaton says. “Once you start using that medication, it expires within a certain amount of days, so we make sure that’s … safe and that we’re replenishing those medications when they’re needed.”

If medications are no longer needed, they are safely taken away and disposed of in an environmentally safe way, she notes.

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