Thursday, March 24, 2016

Please join the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) for an interactive webinar. The webinar technology is provided by the Seniors Health Knowledge Network.

With an aging population comes an increased vulnerability to adverse effects from medications. More adverse effects can lead to increases in morbidity and mortality, and increases in health care use and costs.

When patients, caregivers, doctors and pharmacists function as a team, medication-related problems can be avoided, contributing to better outcomes and improved daily functioning. Here are some tips for managing medication use. 

Case-based article about a senior and their caregiver struggling with prescription drug addiction. The article includes information on signs of prescription drug addictions among the elderly and how to help.

Substance abuse and addiction are serious, but treatable, medical problems. Treatment helps reduce the powerful effects of drugs on the body and brain. In doing so, it helps people improve their physical health and everyday functioning and regain control of their lives. Once in treatment, older adults do just as well or better than younger adults.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), based in suburban Philadelphia, is the nation’s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents over 35 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. The organization is known and respected worldwide as the premier resource for impartial, timely, and accurate medication safety information.

Medication reconciliation is a formal process in which healthcare providers work together with patients, families and care providers to ensure accurate and comprehensive medication information is communicated consistently across transitions of care. Medication reconciliation requires a systematic and comprehensive review of all the medications a patient is taking (known as a BPMH) to ensure that medications being added, changed or discontinued are carefully evaluated. It is a component of medication management and will inform and enable prescribers to make the most appropriate prescribing decisions for the patient. 
This link will direct you to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada's education and training resources where they list available workshops and open access learning modules.

This article relates the issues of medications and falls in the elderly. It covers:

  • Prevalence and consequences
  • Risk Factors
  • Falls Risk Assessment
  • Fall Prevention Interventions
  • Resources and References