The facility has been using Catalyst's oneMAR® electronic medication administration record software since they opened nearly five years ago.
Samaritan Place is a long-term care facility in Saskatoon with 100 beds. Following a household model philosophy, the care home is structured by neighbourhoods, streets and trails rather than wings and halls. Of the 100 suites, 80 are designed as individual living suites and 20 are companion suites for spouses/partners who want to live together but may require different levels of care. The facility has been using the Catalyst Healthcare oneMAR® electronic medication administration record software since they opened nearly five years ago.
“Safety in medication management is a major priority in any residential care facility,” says Yvonne Labas, RN and Project Coordinator for Samaritan Place. Yvonne joined Samaritan Place over three years ago as the Director of Care before moving into her current role as Project Coordinator. “I’m a bit of a techie and have extensive experience with electronic health systems. I was excited to move into this role as it allowed me to really focus on our use of oneMAR® for medication management.”
“The number one benefit of using oneMAR® is the improved safety for our residents with a totally reliable medication administration record,” says Yvonne. “The system allows our nurses to track the administration of medication and note any changes, and ensures that the right resident gets the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time.”
Simply put, oneMAR® eliminates medication errors and ensures proper medication adherence. I would say oneMAR® is essential at Samaritan Place and I would certainly recommend it to any long-term care facility.
She continues, “The ease of use the system provides our team is amazing. It’s so convenient – our RN Practitioner uses an iPad and can pull up a patient’s medication administration record from anywhere, even right at the patient’s bedside. It’s so easy for our team and so important for the patients.”
oneMAR® also provides a real-time direct link to Samaritan Place’s long-term care pharmacy partner which Yvonne says is a huge benefit, “Having a direct, personal communication link to our pharmacy has been extremely helpful for rolling out meds in the safest way possible and eliminating medication errors. We are able to send and track orders and ensure medication availability – all electronically.”
In complement to oneMAR®, the facility uses Momentum Healthware for charting. Yvonne says, “The two systems feature a single sign-on, and while the ease of connectivity is a great feature, we are planning further integration between the two systems and I look forward to seeing where that takes us.”
“Simply put, oneMAR® eliminates medication errors and ensures proper medication adherence. I would say oneMAR® is essential at Samaritan Place and I would certainly recommend it to any long-term care facility,” Yvonne concludes.
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