What MAR Chart is?

The MAR Chart (Medication Administration Record) is the report that serves as a legal record of the drugs administered to a patient at a facility by a health care professional.  The health care professional signs off on the record at the time that the drug is administered.

The actual chart varies from a home/ hospital to another, however the information you should find there are more or less the same: name of the patient, date of birth, allergies, drug name, dosage strength, medication indication, route, frequency, prescribing doctor details, and day by day chart where staff administering the medication can sign when medication has been given.

The MAR Chart records also five minimum audits for medication handling:

  • Receipt of medication
  • Administration
  • Ordering
  • Disposal
  • Information

Only suitable trained persons should undertake the administration of medication.

The MAR Sheet (Medication Administration Record) should be kept for a minimum of 3 years. In some areas, this may be up to 10 years after the person has left the service (check your home policy).

After the death of a service user, medication and the associated MAR Sheet must be retained in the care setting for 7 days. After this time the medication can be returned or destroyed (with the normal procedure) and file the MAR Sheet.

To make it easier in Nursing Homes the medication is dispensed by the pharmacy in blisters of different colors:

  • pink blister are for morning
  • yellow is for lunch
  • orange is for tea time
  • blue for night medication