The CHUMNS Survey recently identified that errors occurred in 8.4% of medication administration events. The use of medication in care settings is a vital part of the safety regime. The course provides an overview of how to manage residents’ medical needs, the risks involved in not doing it correctly, the relevant legislation, the responsibilities involved and how to read pharmacist’s labels, delivery, storage and disposal of medication and effectively managing doses.
Medication Awareness for Care: Course Contents
1 The Law and Best Practice Policies
This section looks at laying the foundations of administering medication by covering what legislation is relevant, what a care setting’s medication policy should contain, what needs to be in a service user’s Care Plan and it also discusses the philosophy of “Person-Centred Care”.
This covers medication itself, the different categories and kinds of dosages, how to read the pharmacist’s labels and how to safely deliver, store and dispose of medication.
3 Administering Medication
The last section covers processes, both the legal and best-practice processes that need to be considered when giving medication to a service user in a care setting. It looks at how to look after service users who self-medicate, what to do if you have to administer medication covertly and how to manage emergency medication.
Medication Awareness for Care
Duration: 30 Minutes
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