Residential aged care facilities – Medication Management

Residential aged care facilities must maintain an accurate and reliable record of the prescribed drugs given to any resident. The correct use of a medication chart would ensure flawless dispensation and administration of drugs to the residents. The medication chart also helps the pharmacist to supply drugs while avoiding delays due to transcription errors.

A medication chart in residential aged care facilities serve as the communication tool between doctors, nurses and other support staff. Implementation of electronic medication management systems for residential aged care facilities improves clarity and accuracy while providing efficiency and enhanced safety.

Most residential aged care facilities make use of proprietary medication charts which are available from commercial printers or, the electronic versions from agencies whose charts can be printed on-site. All jurisdictions need a registered nurse to be responsible for administration of drugs given in a residential aged care facility.