Independent research proves that PCS technology allows nurses and other care staff to spend up to 65 hours more on direct resident’s care
A recent and unique in-depth study by Cardiff University has shown that PCS can save up to 65 hours of staff time per month across an average care home of 40 residents for tasks associated with the management of residents’ medicines. These findings were the result of comparing staff time allocated to typical activities using a traditional paper based system and then comparing the times after the PCS has been introduced.
Failure to reduce antipsychotic prescribing for care home residents says new large scale study
The UK launched a National Dementia Strategy (NDS) in 2009 to improve the care of people with dementia. An important target was a reduction in the use of antipsychotic medication for people resident in care homes. Currently, an estimated 340,000 people with dementia live in English care homes but little is known about the medications they are prescribed.
Independent evaluation proves that the Proactive Care System eradicates most medicines management errors associated with traditional paper based systems
Pharmacists and other delegates have praised the Proactive Care System after they attended a research symposium to hear evidence of how it has significantly improved the management of medicines at care homes in South Wales.
A prospective study was carried out in 13 care homes over a 3 month period using PCS. Data on all medication administrations for 345 residents was recorded. Each time a staff member went to administer an incorrect medication using the barcode scanning process, the incident was captured and classified. Error classifications included attempts to administer medication at the wrong time, attempts to administer to the wrong person or attempts to administer discontinued medication.
DoH and NICE
PCS has influenced a strategic thinking within government and key organisations.
The Department of Health plans to introduce barcode medicines management systems in care homes by 2014 to reduce the incidence of medication errors. The policy was developed in response to the finding that over 50% of care home residents suffered a medication error within a three-month period.
The Proactive Care System offers safer, more effective and cheaper treatment for care home residents, researchers say…
In a recently published independent report, researchers from Cardiff University have highlighted the benefits of implementing PCS into care homes and the help that the system offers Pharmacists to intervene to ensure the safe administration of medicines to residents.