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Deliver medicines safely and accurately to resident (5Rs)

Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities

Guiding principle 16 (page 67) provides guidance about when it may be suitable to alter medication forms (e.g. crushing) and how to do this safely, where it is considered necessary.

Resource kit

This is a Drugs and Poisons Controls in Victoria resource kit to enable implementation of the APAC guidelines for medication management in RACFs containing recommendations for modification of oral formulations. This list may not be up to date, refer also to the latest edition of the Australian Medicines Handbook.

Assess self administration capacity and ability in residents

Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities

Guiding principle 13 (page 55) outlines the assessment of a resident’s ability to self-administer medicines. Residents who self-administer their medicines should hold a current record of their medicines.

Resource kit

This is a Drugs and Poisons Controls in Victoria resource kit to enable implementation of the APAC guidelines for medication management in RACFs containing recommendations for modification of oral formulations. This list may not be up to date, refer also to the latest edition of the Australian Medicines Handbook.

Look to evidence based resources when building knowledge about medicines

Australian Medicines Handbook - Aged Care Companion

The Australian Medicines Handbook and the Aged Care Companion Guide provide evidence based information about medicines, includes information about form, dosing, cost, potential side effects and adverse reactions. AMH is available both in hard copy (~$145) and electronically (~$150). The Aged Care Companion is only available in hard copy (~$50).

Therapeutic Guidelines

Therapeutic Guidelines provides clear, concise, independent information about patient management. TG is available both in hard copy (13 volumes ~$364) and electronically (~$300). Volumes are arranged by body system, single volumes can be purchased (~$40).

NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise is an independent organisation providing information about medicines to consumers, health professionals and others. NPS promotes Quality Use of Medicines. Consumer Medicines Information sheets are available from the NPS web site.

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