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.
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.