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Congratulations to Liping Fei, MDS Manager, Andrea MacNeil, Quality Improvement Manager, and Jenny Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, who published a paper in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership in the June 2019 edition with a special focus on Nursing and Digital Health.
The electronic medication administration record (eMAR) has been used in hospitals and acute care facilities in Canada for over a decade. Unfortunately, the Canadian continuing care sector has been slow to adopt eMAR usage.
Medication delivery in long-term care has traditionally been through paper-based orders and manual documentation in the paper medication administration record. The effectiveness of this manual system as it relates to medication incidents, patient safety and nursing efficiency is not well understood because most of the information is based on anecdotal evidence.
Peer-reviewed scientific literature supports the premise that the eMAR, compared to the MAR, is more efficient, significantly reduces medication incidents, promotes patient safety and improves workflow efficiency.
In April 2016, the Brenda Strafford Foundation committed to implementing the eMAR at each of our three long-term care facilities to improve medication delivery, reducing and eliminating medication incidents and evaluating the benefits of the electronic system. Under the direction of the clinical team, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and the software provider/vendor, an electronic system was developed and new processes for medication delivery were instituted within eight months of starting the project.
Since the past year, the evaluation of the eMAR at the Brenda Strafford Foundation demonstrated a reduction in medication delivery time allowing for more time for direct care and a decrease in medication incidents, which directly affects resident health and safety. Nursing and the healthcare aides trained in medication management were surveyed and indicated that the eMAR provides a holistic view of the resident and provides important information readily available to improve the quality of resident care.
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