Medication Management in Older Adults: A Concise Guide for Clinicians / Edition 1

Medication Management in Older Adults: A Concise Guide for Clinicians / Edition 1

by Susan Koch
     
 

Medication use is the predominant form of health intervention in our society. And as we age, the likelihood of medication use increases dramatically, with more than 80 percent of those over age 65 using one or more medications. Along with that, the potential for medication errors also increases. Indeed adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and adverse drug events (ADEs)

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Overview

Medication use is the predominant form of health intervention in our society. And as we age, the likelihood of medication use increases dramatically, with more than 80 percent of those over age 65 using one or more medications. Along with that, the potential for medication errors also increases. Indeed adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and adverse drug events (ADEs) are a significant problem in older adults. Written in a practical format by contributors from Australia and the United States, Medication Management in Older Adults: A Concise Guide for Clinicians presents the available evidence on research interventions designed to reduce the incidence of medication errors in older adults, with a focus on acute, subacute, and residential (long-term) care settings. Because medication errors can occur at all stages in the medication process, from prescription by physicians to delivery of medication to the patient by nurses, and in any site in the health system, it is essential that interventions be targeted at all aspects of medication delivery. Chapters cover the principles of medical ethics in relation to medication management; common medication errors in the acute care sector; medication management in long-term care settings; nutrition and medications; the outcomes of a systematic review; dose form alterations; Electronic Health Records (EHR), Computerized Order Entry (COE), Beers criteria; and pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. For those clinicians especially concerned with providing the best possible outcomes for their older adult patients, Medication Management in Older Adults: A Concise Guide for Clinicians is an invaluable resource and a significant contribution to the burgeoning literature on medication errors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603274562
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
0.33(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Is There a Problem? The Evidence of Types and Causes of Medication Errors by Healthcare Workers Michael Murray 1

Quality Use of Medicines: Policy and Practice Susan Hunt 11

The Ethics of Prescribing Medications to Older People David G. Le Couteur Hal Kendig Vasi Naganathan Andrew J. McLachlan 29

Common Medication Errors in the Acute Care Sector Susan Koch Helen Forbes Pauline Wong 43

Common Medication Errors in Long-Term Care Settings Catherine Edgar Penny Harvey 53

The Impact of Medication on Nutritional Status of Older People Yvonne Coleman 69

Medication Management in Older Adults: What a Systematic Review Tells Us Brent Hodgkinson 79

Misuse of Formulations in the Aged Care Setting Andrew J. McLachlan Iqbal Ramzan 95

Electronic Health Records, Medications, and Long-Term Care F. Michael Gloth 105

Computerized Order Entry F. Michael Gloth 111

Inappropriate Prescribing: Beers Criteria, Polypharmacy, and Drug Burden F. Michael Gloth 119

Dosing Errors: Age-Related Changes in Pharmacokinetics Andrew J. McLachlan Sarah N. Hilmer David G. Le Couteur 127

Index 137

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