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Maintaining medication records is important for legislative and organisational policy and procedure. Throughout the course, we have stressed the importance of record keeping, and this is where it starts. We are going to look at when the medication arrives at the home, how it needs to be checked and recorded as correct, and with this the paper trail continues until it has been administered, or it leaves the home to be returned to the pharmacy. When medication comes in, be it from pharmacy, from the GP or from family, it all needs to be logged on the Medication Administration Record or MAR sheet. The MAR sheet would state the date it's received, the type of medication, who the medication is for, strength, dosage, and then it will be dated and signed when you've checked it against the medication in the boxes or the blister pack with the medication on the chart, supported by a colleague if one is available.

If there is any discrepancy between the medication and the MAR chart, you will need to go back to the pharmacist. You will not just assume that it's the right medication, you have to be satisfied that the medication on the MAR chart is in fact the same as the medication in the blister pack. When the medication is received from the pharmacy, if any of the tablets look different, even if they're the usual tablets on a repeat prescription, it may just be that it's a different brand name, but in these circumstances, always call the pharmacist to check. Never just assume it's the right medication. Pharmacists make mistakes as well. It will probably be just a different brand name, but always call to check.