A new study in Britain of medication errors in senior living facilities shows that the number of such errors is greatly reduced if patients receive their pills from a monitored dosage system, reports U.S. News and World Report. A monitored dosage system consists of a tray with compartments for doses to be given on a specific day or time and simplify drug rounds for healthcare staff.
The study encompassed 233 residents in 55 senior housing facilities in the United Kingdom. Pills or capsules in dispensers made up 53 percent of the medications administered to residents, with pills not in dispensers accounting for 29 percent, liquid medications accounting for 9 percent and inhaled medications accounting for 4 percent. The remainder consisted of injectables, creams and eye drops.