A Medication Administration Record (MAR) is a report detailing the drugs administered to a patient by a healthcare professional at a treatment facility. Also known as a drug chart, electronic versions are sometimes referred to as eMARs.
The purpose of the MAR is to accurately record a patient’s medication usage, reducing dosing errors and potentially harmful interactions. The MAR must be filled out each time a patient takes a dose of their medication. The MAR is a component of each patient’s medical chart.
What Is Included in the MAR?
The format of a Medication Administration Record varies based on the requirements of the hospital or other treatment facility. Most MAR formats capture the following information:
- Patient’s name
- Physician’s name/treatment team
- Patient allergies
- Medication name, dosage strength, and frequency
- Method of delivery
- Date and time a dose was administered
If a medication is not administered as prescribed, it must be noted, and comment fields can give the provider a place to explain why. In some cases, signatures may be required from the provider, nurse, and/or patient each time a medication is given.
Medication Administration Record Summary and Reporting
Information collected from MARs is often used to create reports—particularly when healthcare centers rely on electronic health record (EHR) systems.
One of the most common reports is a MAR Summary. These summaries typically give an overview of medications taken over a given period of time.
More detailed MAR reports feature a wide range of criteria, such as PRN (“take as needed”), medication usage, and drug categories. Some practice management systems can send alerts based on MAR report data, such as late or missed medications, dispensing errors, and treatment plan changes.
How TempDev Can Help With the MAR
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