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The Benefits of eMAR (Electronic Medication Administration Record)

By Alana Rennie  |  13 July 2017

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In today’s digital age, several types of software and other time-saving solutions are on the market to help people in myriad industries achieve results in half the time. In the medical industry, that is no different. With the implementation of eMAR (Electronic Medication Administration Records), those in the medical industry can help patients in a fraction of the time and with less errors.

Some benefits of eMAR include the following: 

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eMAR Advantages in a Nutshell

By Cynthia Hood  |  30 December 2013

emar-tabletThe electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) is a software designed to replace paper based MARs. When eMAR is used, it becomes possible for healthcare facilities to get rid of a number of paper centric processes, like the monthly reconciliation of physician order sheets decreasing costs by decreasing staff workloads. It can also lessen adverse drug events linked with errors in transcription. In addition to improved finances and workflows, the number one benefit for implementing eMAR is improved Resident safety.

 

Advantages of eMAR

 

In a paper centric MAR environment, nurses generally utilize a medication cart and a big book of paper MARs to complete each MED pass. In contrast, when they use eMAR, nurses utilize a thin client computer or laptop on the cart for recording the Medication Administration information.

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eMAR and the Resident - Ensuring Quality Care / eFAM et le Résident – Assurer des soins de qualité

By Cynthia Hood  |  23 December 2013

resident-care Today’s healthcare facilities are adopting electronic Medication Administration (eMAR) technology to enhance the efficiency of the MED pass and the safety of their Residents. This work flow management system replaces the error-prone and inefficient paper centric MAR process.

 

The eMAR solution was designed with active collaboration together with healthcare facilities and pharmacies. This technology is easy to use, facilitates accuracy in the administration of medication and helps to lessen the probability of human error. eMAR drives efficiencies resulting in superior Resident care.

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eMAR - The Nurse Perspective

By Cynthia Hood  |  17 December 2013

nurse-iconThe electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) uses technology to improve Resident safety, regulate the keeping of records documentation and improve workflow and operational efficiencies. It negates the requirement for manual order entry and eliminates errors due to transcription.

 

Benefits for Nurses

eMAR brings a number of benefits to nurses:
  • eMAR provides information to help reduce the possibility of adverse medication effects such as allergy and drug interactions through visual notes. eMAR also prompts nurses to check the vitals of a Resident before the medication is administered. All in all, it saves time and is easy to use.

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Integrating eMAR with Pharmacy – Key Gains

By Haydee Tuazon  |  04 December 2013

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As the long-term care and retirement environments become increasingly more complex, ‘smart technology’ is a major key to meeting the needs of Residents in an efficient and safe manner.  Accordingly, when eMAR is successfully integrated with the pharmacy provider, the gains are considerable and include: reduction of medication errors, improvement in all the ‘5 Rs’, time savings for nurses and an overall increase in quality of care.

Benefits of eMAR and Integration with Pharmacy:

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eMAR Rules! Increased Efficiency for Administrators

By Cynthia Hood  |  26 November 2013

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One of the most important IT initiatives within a long-term care facility is to implement an electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) program. With the help of eMAR, facilities can eliminate a number of paper centric processes, such as monthly reconciliations related to MARs and printed physician orders. This can lead to a decrease in drug events usually associated with errors in transcription. The prime justification for implementing an eMAR is related to increased productivity through the improvement of work flow for nurses but also, more importantly, resident safety.

Changes in work flow

In a paper centric medication administration environment, nurses generally use a medication cart and a big book of paper MARs to go about their medication pass times.  When they use eMAR, nurses use a thin client computer or a laptop on their carts to record medication administration information.  There are numerous advantages to utilizing an eMAR. They include, but are not limited to:

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eMAR: The New Revolution of Medication Administration

By Cynthia Hood  |  19 November 2013

The implementation of Electronic Medication Administration Records (eMAR) mar barcodehas brought about many positive changes in medication administration within hospitals, nursing homes and retirement retirement facilities. Since the advent of eMAR, most hospitals have noticed a reduction of 33% in medication administration along with saving of 45% time spent on documentation. eMAR makes everything automated – gathering, consolidating and presenting data much quicker than any manual system. It streamlines medication administration by reading barcodes on unit doses and ensures that the medical staff administers the right medicine to the right patient while ensuring accurate path of administration, dosage and time.

The barcode ensures that the patient’s medical records are stored in a safe and tamper-free manner. This feature can dramatically reduce errors and time spent on documenting each administration. Barcodes and eMAR have been known to save time and improve accuracy in healthcare, assisting nurses with a safety net during medication administration.

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eMAR in Retirement Homes – Why ‘Yes’ Is the Answer

By Cynthia Hood  |  07 November 2013

 

Whether it is in a hospital, nursing home, or retirement home setting, the maintenance of medication administration records (MAR) is extremely important. To preserve the health and safety of patients, it is important to maintain error-free records. While most medical facilities have been following this procedure, the increasing potential for errors is leading them to strongly consider using computerized records i.e., eMAR. Misplaced records, illegible handwriting, inefficient processing, as well as unclear instructions on paper records, can lead to a number of medication administration errors including wrong dosage. ehr emar2   

MARs are especially important in the case of long-term medical treatment, in addition to adverse drug events. Some of the most prominent causes for mistakes in handwritten records include omission of medication, wrong timing and dosage, administering unauthorized medications in the wrong form or route. It was also recently established in many nursing homes and retirement homes that most historical drug related errors could have been prevented with the right processing and maintenance of MARs. Owing to the dangers of relying on paper records, electronic medication administration records are now the preferred method of practice.
 

How can eMAR make a difference?

 
The importance of accurate medication administration simply cannot be overstated. Across the continuum of care, facilities of all types are turning to electronic medication administration record systems (eMAR) for improved workflow and reduction of medication errors. Patient safety is paramount. With the right computerized system comes the elimination of misplaced records, unclear instructions, and the illegible handwriting issues that can lead to administering an incorrect dosage or type of medication.

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