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Technology and Health Care


Robin Dunn


HCS/531

July 8, 2013
Doreen Gounaris

Technology and Health Care

      Assisted Living facility (ALF) settings are increasingly serving a population that previously would have lived in a skilled nursing facility,   residents are looking for a facility that can offer a homelike environment, and allow them to maintain autonomy, and safety at a lower cost for care (Young & Gray, 2008).   The increase in acuity level, results in residents whom have multiple long-term health issues, which require several medications to manage these conditions.   ALF residents receive an estimated 3.8 to 6.2 regularly scheduled medications, this is a higher than average medication use than the community (Young & Gray, 2008).   ALF residents also have a higher than average use of high risk medications (antipsychotics, anti coagulants, and cardiovascular agents).   Unlike SNF and hospitals, medications in ALF are administered by medication techs, who have limited over site by licensed staff, and limited training makes medication safety a top concern in an Assisted living facility (Young & Gray, 2008).   Electronic medication administration record (e-Mar) focused on ALF will improve over site and decrease medication errors with improved resident and survey outcomes.
FACILITY HISTORY
      Province Place of DePaul is a 97- bed Assisted living facility (ALF) in Virginia, the Department of Social Services oversees the ALF’S, and enforces regulations.   Annual surveys are conducted for license renewal and upon complaints.   Province Place of DePaul annual survey was on December 4, 2012 for license renewal.   During this survey a citation was received for medication administration errors, a second citation was received in February 12, 2013 for medication administration errors (VDSS, n.d.).
      Medications are currently being administered by Med techs, which are required to receive 64 hours of training initially to obtain certification and then...

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