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Medication

Yes, I am back. The wellbeing site has been left, not because I do not care, but because it gets so little traffic. A number of posts have been very popular and I like this blog…but enough of that and on with the medication. There is a bit of a problem which has nearly ended in tragedy for my family and I think we can do better. A family member was accidently given 4 times the dose of a heart medication. 125gm somehow translated into 500gm at the point of delivery. So the first thing I should like to ask is how can we better monitor the dosages both on the prescription and at the dispensary/ People get really busy these days and so mistakes will happen but with medication you cannot be too careful. All the symptoms were being noticed but the jots weren’t joined until  4 months later. That could have been 4 months too late. Secondly when people are on complicated medication regimes they are often put on blister packs to help them manage taking the right tablets at the right time. Good idea , in theory. When it comes to dosages you can only see them on the bottle or packet the medication was packed in. Can we rethink this one too? A computer ought to be able to pick up a change in dosage, but the blister packs, which are helpful are missing a step. Those people who have complicated medication regimes need it built into their care plan that someone checks the dosages once a week. Mistakes will happen but we have technology and we ought to be able to use it to build in the alerts and failsafes.
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Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom to write on the lives of others.

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