Elderly people who live at home all too frequently experience falls, which are life-changing occurrences that can result in serious injury, rehospitalization, loss of independence, and early death. One in three adults aged 65 and older experience at least one fall each year, but less than half of them tell a healthcare provider about it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Fortunately, there is evidence to suggest that falls are not a normal part of aging, and many falls are preventable in the older population and can be prevented.
Trumansburg EMS will send a trained professional out and conduct a home safety audit and educate you and your family on how to best prevent falls in the home.
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Medication reconciliation is the process by which the medications prescribed by a doctor are compared to the patient's current list of medications. This can be done in various ways depending on the patient's needs. Most require it each time a patient is admitted, transferred, and discharged. They work toward the same objective in every circumstance, which is to keep their patients safe from any medication errors.
Here are some typical errors that may be made:
- Drugs may accidentally be listed more than once or not at all.
- Some medications can be listed that patients have never taken before or that their doctor has never prescribed.
- Additionally, medications may be administered at the incorrect time, frequency, route, and dose.
- Sometimes they may not be suitable for the patient because of a drug allergy, or they may not be pertinent to their current condition.
- Any of these errors can result in patients receiving the incorrect medication or failing to receive the medicine they require to treat their medical condition.