Medication errors are identified as high risk and high occurrence in aged care. All organisations should be committed to implementing quality systems to minimise the potential risk. The appropriate use of medication can treat disease and/or control symptoms thereby improving health and/or comfort.
From 1 July 2019 approved providers applying for accreditation or re-accreditation will be assessed against the new Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards). The new Standards consolidate four separate sets of standards which, in theory, should simplify regulation. But with over 40 overlapping requirements across eight Standards, the rules may be even more convoluted, making compliance more complex.
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