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Drug Errors in Old Age Homes can be Reduced by Hiring Pharmacists

by Kathy Jones on September 6, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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 Drug Errors in Old Age Homes can be Reduced by Hiring Pharmacists

A new study presented during the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's annual conference in London suggests that hiring pharmacists in old people's homes could drastically reduce the number of errors occurred when giving medication to the inmates.

The report, presented by postgraduate researcher Majghan Saeed, said that a trial run in a care home reduced the number of errors by more than 91 percent over a period of four months when a pharmacist was given the charge of medicine management.

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According to Saeed, one of the main reasons for such a big fall in errors was due to the better communication between the staff which included doctors, nurses, the head of the nursing home and pharmacists.

The study comes on the back of a research carried out in November which said that more than 70 percent of the inmates at old people's homes fell victim to a number of medical errors.




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