The Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) services can be conducted independently from the RMMR programme. These services include:

 

• Participate in drug usage evaluation

• Advise members of the health care team on a range of issues, including storage, administration, dose forms, compatibilities, therapeutic and adverse effects and compliance

• Participate in Medication Advisory Committees

• Assist in the development of nurse initiated medication lists

• Participate in policy and procedure development activities

• Assist in the development of policies and procedures to address medication management concerns (e.g. sleep, bowel or pain management and infection control).

• Provide in service sessions for nursing staff and carers or residents on medication therapy, disease state management or prescribing trend issues.

• Provide drug information for medical practitioners and ACFstaff, including provision of newsletters.

• Assist the facility to meet and maintain medication management accreditation standards and to comply with regulatory requirement.

• Assess competency of residents to self administer medications.

• Advise on and assess medication storage requirements, monitoring and standards, including storage and labelling, expired stock, security of medication storage areas and safe disposal of unwanted medication.

• Conduct medication administration audits and surveys on medication errors, altered dosage forms and psychotropicdrug use.

• Assist with the development of and report on, quality indicators and other quality measurements.