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Medication Management and Infection Control are Most Commonly Cited during Survey
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Medication Management and Infection Control are Most Commonly Cited during Survey

Medication management and infection control are the most commonly cited areas during surveys. Do you know what the most targeted areas are? How do you ensure your facility is always prepared for survey? Survey readiness requires ongoing effort and expertise. Do you have a plan? In this post we will discuss some of the most common deficiencies and ways to avoid them.

It’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week
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It’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week

It’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week and the OctariusRx team is recognizing and helping to spread the word from the National Council on Aging (NCOA). COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, but one has stayed the same: Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Join us this week (Sept. 21-25) in a nationwide effort to prevent falls among older adults.

Should I get the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine/booster?
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Should I get the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine/booster?

Should I get the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine/booster? As flu season approaches and the discussion heats up about COVID-19 booster shots, many are asking whether they should get one, the other, or both. Hopefully by now you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but regardless, in the coming weeks to months, you will have the opportunity to protect yourself against the flu. Should you get either vaccine? Can you take both at the same time?

Drug Diversion and Patient Safety
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Drug Diversion and Patient Safety

Drug diversions are not only a regulatory issue, they can also lead to patient safety issues. Most diversions happen with controlled substances, but did you know there are risks and liabilities beyond your narcotic box? Proper medication management is critical from both a regulatory and clinical standpoint. Do you know what steps to take to maintain regulatory compliance and to keep your staff and patients safe?

Medication Safety Quiz 2021
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Medication Safety Quiz 2021

The 2021 version of the OctariusRx medication safety quiz is about to be released. Ongoing education and assessment of staff medication management competency are standards of good practice. Medication competency and your consultant pharmacist are two things that should go hand-in-hand. How are you assessing your staff? Use our tool to help enhance patient safety and at the same time, satisfy the regulatory requirement.

Documenting Patient Allergies
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Documenting Patient Allergies

Documenting patient allergies is not only an expectation of surveyors, it’s a critical patient safety function. How does your facility document patient allergies? Are you asking the right questions? Are they documented in a prominent and consistently defined location? Are you providing appropriate clarification of all noted allergies? This is a task we often take for granted, but doing it incorrectly could result in survey deficiencies, or worse…patient harm.

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