Diploma in Health & Social Care
Optional Units – Medication (Administering and Effect Monitoring)
Understand legislation, policy and procedure relevant to administration of medication.
Mental Capacity Act 2005 – provides a legal framework to empower and protect people who may lack the capacity to make some decisions for themselves.
Health and Social care act 2008 sec 13 – regulations 2010 states ‘ the registered person must protect service users against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines, by means of making appropriate arrangements for the obtaining, recording, handling, using, safe keeping, dispensing, safe administration, and disposal of medicines used for the purpose of the regulated activity’
CQC’s outcome 9 – management of medicines – puts in place the essential standards of quality and safety.
Medicines Act 1968 – puts drugs and medicines into 3 different classes: general sales (gsl), pharmacy (p), prescription only (pom)
Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – this act controls the classification of drugs, and the control of drugs considered dangerous or harmful, classified into 3 schedules.
Knowledge of common types of medicine and their use
2.1 – Common Types of Medication, their effects and side effects
|Medicine Name |Effect |Potential Side Effects | |Paracetamol |Pain relief for mild to moderate pain |Side effects are rare but can include – rashes,| | | |blood disorders, hypotension, liver & renal | | | |damage, can kill if overdosed on. | |Ibuprofen |Anti-inflammatory for mild to moderate pain |Nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, as with Paracetamol| | | |can severely poison if overdosed on | |Antihistamines |Used in the treatment of nasal allergies i.e. |Side effects are very rare, the most common of | | |hay fever |which is drowsiness | |Rennie / Gaviscon (calcium carbonate) |Used for treating heartburn, indigestion, acid |None, short term medicine, symptoms persist see| | |reflux |doctor. | |Mercilon |Combined hormonal contraceptive, used for |Nausea, vomiting, headaches, migraines, fluid | | |treatment of menstrual symptoms. |retention, thrombosis. |
Identify medication which demands the measurement of specific physiological measurements.
This task asks us to list medication that effectiveness is reduced or increased based on the patience size, BMI etc. there are some medications that are unsuitable for people who are obese or overweight, and vice – versa, according to the British National Formulary which we have use at Henshaws, any person who is prescribed medication should have their size etc taken into consideration before the prescription is dispensed. The effectiveness of all medication is dependant on the person taking it, here is a short list of medications used regularly at Henshaws that are affected by a persons size, weight etc: -
• The combined contraceptive pill
• Diuretics ( fluid retention medicines)
• Lithium (used to treat depression)
Describe the common adverse reactions to...
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