Do You Know How To Care For Your Residents In An Emergency?
If a disaster were to strike, you would want to make sure you continue to offer your RCFE residents the care that they need. If, however, you were unable to get their medications through your usual channels, would you know what to do? To help RCFE facilities, we want to offer this quick guide to getting and administering medication and care in the face of a disaster.
First, it is crucial that every member of your staff receives first aid training. Although only those who administer care are required to receive this training, if you face an all-hands-on-deck situation after a disaster, being able to rely on your support staff will be helpful.
Secondly, know your options for getting your residents’ medication. If your state faces an emergency that results in an inability to get medication from the usual providers, it will call of the Strategic National Stockpile for medication distribution. The federal government will establish emergency medication centers where you can pick up what you need. That information will be widely publicized, making it easy for you to find the nearest center.
Finally, know that in an emergency it could be easy to make a mistake with medication. That is why it is important to take a deep breath and remember the 5 Rights: the right medication, the right dose, the right patient, the right route, and the right time. Slowing down and taking extra care will help you avoid an increasingly bad situation.
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