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Title
Nursing Homes - Clarification of Guidance related to Medication Errors and Pharmacy Services
Memo #
13-02-NH
Posting Date
2012-11-02
Fiscal Year
2013
Summary
We are providing clarification on three specific topics related to medication errors and pharmacy services: • Medication Errors: Potential medication errors related to medication administration via feeding tube and administration timing for metered dose inhalers and proton pump inhibitors and survey implications. • Medication Administration Practices: The practice of “borrowing” medications and issues related to diversion, control, reconciliation and disposal of medications, including fentanyl patches. • Medication Regimen Reviews for Stays under 30 days and/or Changes in Condition: The need for pharmacist medication regimen reviews when a resident experiences a change in condition and/or for residents admitted for less than 30 days.
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