Did you know – that in the state of Arizona, it is not required by law to reconcile prescriptions between physicians, emergency rooms, and hospitals? This means there are potentially millions of instances each year that our seniors are taking more medication than needed. Worse, some medications may be dangerously stopped or taken together.
Medication reconciliation saves lives. It is one of the most crucial elements of senior care. Enlisting someone to organize and track your prescriptions could potentially add years to your life or that of your loved one.
The importance of medical and prescription reconciliation – this is where our private duty nurses come in. Juggling multiple prescriptions is tough at any age, and even more difficult in our senior years.
When medications get mixed up – if you or your loved one is living at home, it’s best to have a private duty nurse monitor prescriptions and help guard against drug interactions, overuse, or conflicts. Additionally, when there is a surgery, hospital stay, or a trip to the ER, medications are often stopped without realizing it, or some are prescribed that could result in negative interactions. The nurse will:
- Ensure medications are not expired
- Monitor dosage intake
- Develop a list of medications (this is needed for potential ER visits)
- Create list of medications that can be prescribed
- Reconcile medications lists
- Make clinical decisions
- Ensure medications are not abruptly stopped during a hospital stay
- Communicate list to physicians and caregivers
- Double-check any medication brought home from an ER visit
Our private duty nurses will reconcile your medications for you. Medication reconciliation is one of the areas in which our certified and licensed private duty nurses are extremely well versed in. By hiring them you will ensure that your medications and doses are organized properly. Eliminate the worry. You’ll be able to feel empowered, confident, safe, and have peace of mind knowing that your medications are documented and administered correctly because of our private duty nurse.
We have your back! Call us today to see how we can help you with your medications.