Navigating Polypharmacy In LTC Pharmacies

Navigating Polypharmacy In LTC Pharmacies

Polypharmacy, the use of five or more medications to manage chronic conditions, is a growing concern in senior healthcare. As medication use increases, so do the risks of adverse effects and life-threatening complications. 1st Choice LTC Pharmacy is committed to addressing this issue through comprehensive medication reviews for long-term care facilities, ensuring patient safety and well-being.

The Challenge of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy involves prescribing multiple medications without always considering potential interactions or cumulative impacts on health. This practice poses significant public health concerns, particularly for older adults, leading to adverse effects, diminished quality of life, and complications like falls, fractures, cognitive dysfunction, and hospitalization.

1st Choice LTC Pharmacy’s Approach

1st Choice LTC Pharmacy conducts thorough medication reviews to ensure each prescription is appropriate, effective, and safe. These reviews align with care plans and regulatory guidelines, addressing the complex issue of polypharmacy head-on.

Key Considerations in Polypharmacy

  • Medication Cascades: New medications are often prescribed to manage side effects of existing ones, leading to a chain reaction.
  • Drug Interactions: Medications can interact, causing ineffectiveness or toxicity.
  • Quality of Life: Multiple medications can burden daily activities and overall well-being.
  • Compliance: Cognitive impairment can hinder proper medication management.
  • Expense: The financial burden of multiple prescriptions can impact quality of life.

Annual Medication Review

For those over 60 managing multiple chronic conditions, an annual medication review is crucial. Patients should bring all medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, in their original containers. This helps healthcare providers assess dosages, ingredients, and potential regimen confusion.

Beers Criteria® and High-Risk Medications

The American Geriatrics Society’s Beers Criteria® lists high-risk medications for older adults, aiding in identifying poorly tolerated drugs and those linked to adverse outcomes. This resource supports patients and healthcare providers in ensuring medication safety.

Regular Reviews and Patient Engagement

1st Choice LTC Pharmacy regularly reviews prescription and medication histories, evaluating medical records, prescriptions, and living situations. Patients can opt for in-person or videoconference medication reviews to ensure their medications are appropriate and safe.

Holistic Evaluation

Managing polypharmacy requires evaluating each patient’s health goals and the risk-benefit analysis of each medication. Through diligent review and collaboration between healthcare providers and patients, 1st Choice LTC Pharmacy strives to restore a healthier, happier life for seniors.

Disaster Preparedness with 1st Choice LTC Pharmacy

1st Choice LTC Pharmacy supports long-term care (LTC) facilities in comprehensive disaster preparedness efforts, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

We assist LTC facilities in creating comprehensive emergency plans, including risk assessments, communication strategies, and training programs, equipping them to handle various emergency scenarios effectively.

Shelter-in-Place Plan

We help develop plans ensuring adequate supplies for at least seven days, including backup generators, potable water, and food, maintaining high care levels during emergencies.

Infection Control Practices

Our services encompass regulatory compliance and resources for COVID-19 vaccinations, helping implement effective infection control practices to protect vulnerable populations.

Facility Drawings and Additional Preparedness

We assist in creating facility drawings detailing floor plans, emergency equipment locations, and more. Our support extends to triage procedures, maintaining vital medical information, and preparing for various disaster scenarios.

All-Hazards Approach

Following an “all-hazards” approach, we assist LTC facilities in conducting comprehensive risk assessments to ensure preparedness for a wide range of potential disasters. Partner with 1st Choice LTC Pharmacy to enhance your LTC facility’s disaster preparedness and ensure the highest level of care during emergencies.

ABOUT 1ST CHOICE LTC PHARMACY

At 1st Choice LTC Pharmacy, we offer personalized service and exceptional attention to each customer, fostering trust in our expertise. Our mission is to provide outstanding pharmacy services, ensuring safety, timely delivery, efficient billing, and superior communication.

We work closely with clients to address their unique challenges, offering tailored solutions and daily communication. Beyond pharmaceuticals, we provide educational in-services, billing assistance, and strategies to improve operational efficiency, building long-lasting partnerships within the healthcare community.

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