Medication Mistakes Put Patients' Lives At Risk: Carers' Drug Blunders A Serious Safety Issue

Life-threatening errors are unwittingly being made by carers and relatives looking after elderly and ill patients. Patients who live at home are often given the wrong drugs or no drugs at all. A recent study reported that more than 90% of carers looking after people at home make potentially deadly errors with their medicines. Experts fear that thousands are being put in danger because drug administration at home is rarely monitored, potentially becoming a serious patient safety issue and another demand on the NHS.

Those suffering from chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, dementia and raised cholesterol take a cocktail of medicines each day. Patients struggle with the number of pills they have to take and their prescription instructions and mistakes are regularly made by patients, paid care workers and people looking after their own relatives.

A recent study  conducted in primary healthcare/nursing home settings showed that automated dose dispensing (ADD) may serve to enhance medication safety, especially among elderly patients taking multiple medications. This study showed a reduction in discrepancies in medication records by 34% between the general practitioners and home care services with ADD. It also indicated that the risk of administration errors was higher when the medication was not supplied by ADD.  

medication mistakes pilltime approvedA service such as is expected to enhance patient safety in the UK, decrease medication costs, and save nurses working time in the primary healthcare. This free service makes life easier for the patient and those caring for them. It is ideal for people taking multiple medication and offers a helping hand for anyone suffering from conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, kidney or heart problems, depression or high blood pressure. receives prescriptions electronically directly from the GP and delivers the medicines, pre-packed by a team of experienced pharmacists and delivered discreetly to a patients’ door via tracked mail service. The patient’s medication is dispensed in easy to open pouches, organised in the order that you need to take them. Each pouch is clearly marked with the correct date and time of when the dose should be taken, making it easy to remember to take all of your tablets at the right time, every time and providing peace of mind. This service will make the job of any carer easier, reducing medication errors and improving patient safety,

Award-winning Pharmacist Paul Mayberry  comments:

"Using pouches makes taking multiple medicines easy for patients and their carers. PillTime is an NHS pharmacy that dispenses NHS prescriptions generated by your GP. We help patients take the right medicine at the right time, exactly as your doctor prescribed"