Maintaining Your Medication Regimen

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Article Written By:  Wendy D’Uva Options Home Health

  • More than 1/3 of patients are on 3 or more drugs
  • More than 1/2 of the patients see more than 1 physician regularly
  • After a patient comes home from an acute care center, they are placed on generic medications and continue taking them in addition to the medication that they were taking at home
  • Insurance companies change patients medications due to coverage
  • Due to lack of communication and understanding, patients are placed on similar medications by different doctors
  • Due to lack of knowledge, patients discontinue medications because of side effects and lack of understanding the therapeutic effects
  • Pt’s do not get regular blood levels when on certain medications that require it because of lack of knowledge Medicare luckily acknowledges this issue and will cover in home medication teaching.

This is one of the most important roles a home care nurse can have in the home.

  • Understanding why a drug is taken
  • When it should be taken
  • Communicating medication regimens to all physicians seen by patient

This is just one of the services that Options Home Health can provide, that will also have the most profound effect.

Educating our patients to their medication regimen and disease processes will increase medication compliance and therefore ultimately decreasing hospitalizations, drug interactions and medication errors.

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