Medication is one of the most important things that affect the wellbeing of a resident. It is also one of the hardest things to get right. The problems are well known.
Harm to residents
In 2016, independent research by Cardiff University reported that there are typically 23 different types of medicines management errors typically associated with traditional paper based systems across care homes. These errors present a real risk to residents’ health and wellbeing. Our systems eradicate 21 out of the 23 types of errors. Read More.
A typical care home will allocate over 350 hours per month of staff time to medicines management on tasks such as chasing prescriptions, booking in medicines, dealing with returns and administering medicines. This time is disproportionate when compared to other care activities. Our systems free up an average of 65 hours per care home per month.
Every professional and institution needs to be accountable for what they are doing and how they provide care. Demonstrating and evidencing high standards of care and quality and managing staff performance is easier said than done. This is especially true for a medium to large care home operator. For every medicine related activity, the identity of the staff member is automatically recorded by the PCS system.
It is estimated that some 10% of the entire NHS drugs budget is lost through medicine waste, part of which is due to mismanagement and inappropriate prescribing. In care homes, there is between £20-40 of waste associated with over stock or returned per month. Without proper systems, processes and procedures it is hardly a surprise that there is so much waste. The use of the PCS system can reduce waste associated with medicines by up to 55%.
It is estimated that 1 in 15 hospital admissions are a result of avoidable harm. Issues around medicines management are a big factor. This is a significant drain on the NHS and costs the taxpayer in excess of £1bn a year.