Maintaining Accurate Medication Lists

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Training

Accurate medication lists are difficult to maintain especially when a resident is admitted and discharged several times. It seems that each physician treating a patient has their own idea on what medications work best and which should be discontinued. At the end of the day, nurses are faced with the challenge of determining what is really current and what has …

Drive to Deprescribe (D2D)

Angie Szumlinski Health

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) issued a press release on the issue of polypharmacy and the “Drive to Deprescribe” program. The goal of the program is to address the issue of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use in our sector. Polypharmacy has and continues to be a long-standing concern as post-acute care has one of the highest …

Cancer Medication – Increased Risk for Falls

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Bortezomib is a common multiple myeloma therapy that can cause treatment-related peripheral neuropathy, a risk factor for falls. The relationship between bortezomib and falls in older patients with multiple myeloma is unknown. In a recent study published in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, in older adults with multiple myeloma, bortezomib was associated with an increased risk of having a diagnostic …

Deprescribing Medications Related to Falls

Angie Szumlinski News

High-risk medications pose serious safety risks to older adults, including increasing the risk of falls. Deprescribing potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in older adults who have experienced a fall is a key element of fall reduction strategies. However, continued use of PIMs in older adults is common, and clinicians may face substantial deprescribing barriers. A study published on pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov was conducted …

Medication Harm – Preventable?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Mitigating or reducing the risk of medication harm is a global policy priority. But evidence reflecting preventable medication harm in medical care and the factors that derive this harm remain unknown. In a study published in BMC Medicine, the researchers aimed to quantify the prevalence, severity, and type of preventable medication harm across medical care settings. The study findings confirm …