Medication Management Tips for Safe Medicine Use

Up to 69 percent of medication-related hospital admissions are due to poor adherence. Medication non-adherence is an enormous burden to the health care system, and nearly half of the 3.2 billion annual prescriptions dispensed in the United States are not taken as prescribed. BAYADA Home Health Care offers some solutions to improve patient health outcomes and reduce escalating health care costs.

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BAYADA is committed to providing solutions that improve patient health outcomes and reduce the escalating costs of health care.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

BAYADA Home Health Care, a leading provider of home health care and hospice services to people of all ages, is supporting the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) in promoting safe and appropriate medicine use through better medicine communication.

According to the NCPIE, one in three American adults takes at least one prescription medicine, and nearly half of all Americans aged 55 and above are on a prescription medicine. Medication non-adherence is an enormous burden to the health care system, and nearly half of the 3.2 billion annual prescriptions dispensed in the United States are not taken as prescribed.

“We realize the health consequences of poor medication adherence on the patients and the financial consequences on the health care system,” said Associate Director Allison Sterner. “That’s why BAYADA is committed to providing solutions that improve patient health outcomes and reduce the escalating costs of health care.”

In July 2009, the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) published a report that illustrates the costs of poor medication adherence, or not taking medications correctly. Between 33 and 69 percent of medication-related hospital admissions in the U.S. are due to poor adherence, with total cost estimates for non-adherence ranging from $100 - 300 billion each year including costs for additional doctor visits, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and additional medicines.

In-home assistance is available for those who need help with their medications to remain safe at home and to give their family caregivers peace of mind. Individualized medication assistance services include: organizing medication systems; administering or reminding about medications; communicating with physicians regarding new or discontinued medications, dosage changes, and drug reactions; educating patients and their family members about medication schedule, proper dosage, and possible side effects; coordinating resources to assist with medication access, and assessing the effectiveness of medications.

For those who do not require assistance with medications at home at this time, here are some tips to prevent errors when taking medications and receiving newly prescribed ones.

At home

  •     Maintain a list of all current medications, including over-the-counter medications
  •     Keep medications in their original containers to clearly identify them
  •     Follow the directions on the label
  •     Store medications out of reach from children and away from household chemicals
  •     Find a way to remember when to take your medications, such as with meals
  •     Never take someone else’s medication
  •     Dispose of expired medications
  •     Identify the 24-hour pharmacies in your area and those that deliver in case you have an emergency in the future
  •     Call your physician if you experience side effects

In the hospital

  •     Bring your medical information booklet or take your current medications with you
  •     For a new prescription, ask about the purpose, side effects, and directions
  •     Do not let anyone give you medications without checking your ID bracelet
  •     Before you go home, ask about any new medications and update your list

At the physician’s office

  •     Ask if you should bring your medication bottles or list on your next visit
  •     For a new prescription, ask about the purpose, side effects, and directions
  •     If you are given samples, ask your physician to check for drug interactions
  •     Request pamphlets and reliable websites to learn more about your condition and medications

For help managing your medications at home, call 888-4-BAYADA to find an office near you.

Founded in 1975 by J. Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, BAYADA employs more than 18,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers, and other home health care professionals who serve their communities in 25 states from more than 250 offices. For more information, visit http://www.bayada.com.


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  • Jim Armstrong
    BAYADA Home Health Care
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