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Title: Wastage of medications supplied by hospitals to facilitate continuity of care when patients are discharged to residential care facilities in Victoria, Australia: An observational study.
Austin Authors: Elliott, Rohan A ;Tran, Tim ;Taylor, Simone E 
Affiliation: Monash University, Parkville, Vic., Australia
Issue Date: Sep-2021
Date: 2021-03-02
Publication information: Australasian Journal on Ageing 2021; 40(3): 323-327
Abstract: To explore wastage of hospital-supplied medications for patients discharged to residential care facilities (RCFs). Telephone interviews with staff at 52 RCFs and nine community pharmacies after patients were discharged from three hospitals in metropolitan Victoria, Australia, with medication supplied in original packs. Hospital-supplied medication was used by most RCFs, for a median of 48┬áhours, while waiting for community pharmacies to deliver medications packed in the RCFs' preferred dose administration aid system (unit-dose or multi-dose blister packs or sachets). All RCFs reported sending unused hospital-supplied medications to their community pharmacy. Six of the nine community pharmacies (managing 83% patients) indicated they did not reuse hospital-supplied medications, with the exception of select difficult-to-source medications. There was significant wastage of hospital-supplied discharge medications. Changes to the way hospital discharge medications are funded and quantities supplied are needed to ensure continuity of medication administration while minimising financial and environmental impacts of medication wastage.
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12925
ORCID: 0000-0002-7750-9724
Journal: Australasian Journal on Ageing
PubMed URL: 33651406
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: continuity of patient care
nursing homes
patient discharge
patient transfer
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