Do too many medicines cause problems for elderly people in Aged Care Facilities?

Australian research (Medicine Safety: Aged Care 2020, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia) suggests that older people (over 75 years) with long term illnesses are very likely to suffer from drug-related problems because they take many different medicines;

  • 95% of older patients take 5 or more medicines, have at least one medicine related problem, and most have three problems.
  • On average, each patient takes 7 to 10 different medicines and one on four people take 10 or more medicine each day.
  • Over half (50%) of all patients in aged care facilities are taking potentially inappropriate medicines.
  • One in six medicine-related problems for patients were due to adverse drug side effects.
  • One in five patients were admitted to hospital because they were using inappropriate medicines for older people.
  • Antidepressants, antipsychotics, hypnotics, sedatives, and drugs acting on the kidneys caused most of the adverse drug interactions for elderly patients.
  • Half to three quarters (50-75%) of patients on PPIs (Protein pump inhibitors) were taking these medicines for too long.
“Looking after the elderly is a duty and responsibility that involves every person in society.” Emmanuel Pippos, Consultant Pharmacist

 

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How can Check My Medicines help your elderly patients?

There is strong evidence that collaborative medicine reviews (RMMRs) promote better medication management for your residents. In turn, not only may medicine reviews (RMMRs) improve the quality of life for your residents, but it also enhances the standard of health and personal care that your Aged Care Facility offers to the general community.

Furthermore, as the primary carer for your patients, your nursing staff are in the best position to help them. They care for your residents, make them comfortable, and look out for any health problems with your patients, every single day.

More importantly, your nursing staff may submit a request for a medicines review (RMMRs) to the resident’s doctor – especially if they are worried about any medicine related problems or they think this service may help your residents.

Once the RMMR referral is sent to your patient’s doctor, the Aged Care Facility and Check My Medicines takes care of everything else.

Please note: The provision of the RMMR by Check My Medicines to residents of the Aged Care Facility may be subject to existing agreements between the Aged Care Facility and RMMR service provider.

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Fill In The RMMR Medicines Review

Does your patient need a medicines review (RMMR)? It’s very simple! Follow the steps below and get started today!

1. Download and fill in the form on your computer via Adobe Acrobat

2. Tick the boxes that you think relate to your patient and save the file on your computer

3. Please email and attach the PDF file to admin@checkmymedicine.com.au

For any enquiries or questions, please contact us on
1300 004 HMR (467) or rmmr@checkmymedicines.com.au

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