Care Plans for Medications

From the desk of Audry Sunderraj:

Medications in the comprehensive care plan.  What should it include? You may be a little confused as to what the comprehensive care plan should include.  Below is some guidance from an article published by KDADS in the January 2013 Sunflower Connection:

Incorporate into a comprehensive care plan that reflects appropriate medication related goals and parameters for monitoring the resident’s condition, including the likely medication effects and potential for adverse consequences. Examples of this information may include the FDA boxed warnings or adverse consequences that may be rare, but have sudden onset or that may be irreversible.

Monitoring parameters are based on the resident’s condition, the pharmacologic properties of the medication being used and its associated risks, individualized therapeutic goals, and the potential for clinically significant adverse consequences.

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