Omnicell, a provider of medication adherence packaging and automated healthcare solutions has launched a new system, Omnicell eMAR, to improve medication management in care homes.
Omnicell eMAR automates the entire medication management and administration process in care homes.
The system, gathers information, provides prompts and accurate instructions for staff and gives managers real time medication administration data so they can be sure that the right dose has been administered at the right time to the right resident, according to the company.
With Omnicell eMAR, each individual medication is identified through a bar code applied in pharmacy, which can then be tracked at all stages from check in at the care home to administration to the resident, to unused items which are disposed of or returned to the pharmacy.
The system uses on screen photograph identification, provides important medical history for each patient and includes a simple alert and verification system to minimise the risk of medication administration errors in the home, according to Omnicell.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections are easier for care homes with Omnicell eMAR as the company said its system provides a clear audit trail. In addition, the system has a ‘carried forward’ feature which allows homes to use up medication from a previous cycle rather than throwing it away.
Paul O’Hanlon, managing director for Omnicell, said: “At Omnicell, we’re delighted to be launching the latest in eMAR technology. This automated medication management system will help to drive efficiencies, reduce unnecessary medication wastage and improve patient safety in UK care homes. At Omnicell, this is something we’re passionate about.
“With the eMAR system, the nursing staff are informed of which medication is required by each resident, the correct dose and the time it is due – reducing the risk of medication errors.
“The time staff spend checking in drugs when they arrive from the pharmacy is also significantly reduced and this time can be redirected back into face to face resident care, helping to achieve the ultimate goal of improved care.
“At Omnicell we don’t just sell you a system, we pride ourselves on providing everything that is needed to help integrate the system in to the care home and work in partnership with care and nursing teams from the outset.
“Our initial training is designed to leave staff feeling confident in their new system and left assured that we provide ongoing support every step of the way.”