May 8, 2008

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is encouring the use of the Partnership for Health and Accountability's (PHA) Georgia Uniform Patient Medication Card, a tool to aid in the prevention of medication distribution errors. The card contains a list of medications and supplements a patient is currently taking on a routine basis and is intended to be carried with the patient at all times. It is meant to ensure that medications are not prescribed that may cause harmful interactions with either drugs the patient is presently taking or the patient's condition. Having an accurate list of the patient's medications also makes certain that needed medications are continued.

According the the Institute of Medicine, in 2006, almost 2 million medication errors occured in hospitals, long-term care and ambulatory care settings. "There are times when patients do not know all their medications and their families and friends are not sure either," said Anne Davis, patient safety specialist for PHA. "The medication card makes certain these patients have an up-to-date, accurate list and eliminates the guesswork."

Examples of the cards may be downloaded and printed at http://www.gha.org/pha/patientsafety/SMU/medicationreconciliation/toolkit/index.asp

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October 23, 2008

Chatuge Regional Nursing Home has recently become a member of the Second Wind Dreams program. Second Wind Dreams is an international non-profit organization whose mission it is to fulfill the dreams of residents at eldercare facilities. By doing so, the quality of life for the individual whose dream is being fulfilled is improved, the perception of aging improves for people living in the community and the morale of staff at the nursing home is enhanced because they have an opportunity to be a part of making the resident's dream come true.

If you would like more information about the Second Wind Dreams program at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, or if you would like to make a donation to the program, please contact Suzanne Payne, Activity Director at 706-896-2231, ext. 7018.

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