Another new study, summarized in today's McKnight's News, warns of the possible negative effects of 4 of the most common antipsychotic medications. The need to have an involved and informed pharmacist onboard with your Behavior Management program remains of the upmost importance. Is your mental health provider communicating with Social Service and nursing staff? For those residents who continue on certain targeted medications, the value of thorough documentation is a must. The documentation must include specifics regarding why the benefits clearly outweigh any potential risks. All too often, I see facilities failing to document the numerous non-pharmacological interventions that have been attempted. I know it's a cliché phrase, but take credit for all the wonderful approaches you've tried and the outcome. Passing along pertinent nursing facility guidelines to your residents' physicians, who might not be up-to-date on the current push to reduce/eliminate antipsychotic medication, can also be a valuable tool.
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