First Do No Harm: Managing High-Risk Drugs in the Assisted Living Setting
Presented by William Vaughan, BSN, RN | Remedi SeniorCare
Wednesday, August 7 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Safe and effective geriatric medication management involves much more than simply administering what the doctor ordered. Drugs used to treat both chronic and acute conditions in the elderly provide powerful benefits but also carry significant risk. Assisted living providers have an obligation to partner with the resident, their surrogate decision makers, the prescriber, and pharmacy staff to identify and minimize those risks. This presentation, through the use of case studies and group discussion, will examine classes of drugs that are considered high risked when administered to the elderly. Emphasis will be placed on drug classes undergoing current scrutiny such as antibiotics, psychotropic, and opioids. Lastly, a resident-centered approach to managing such drugs will be discussed.