The learner can: Understand legislation, policy and procedures relevant to administration of medication
1. Identify current legislation, guidelines policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication.
Health and Safety at Work Act
The Medicines Act
The Misuse of Drugs Act
The Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities)
The RPS Handling Medicines in Social Care Guidelines
Health Act 2006
Outcome 2 The learner can: Know about common types of medication and their use.
1. Describe common types of medication including their effects and potential side effects.
Paracetamol- pain reliever and fever reducer
The side effects of Paracetamol could be allergic reactions (rashes, itching, blistering, swelling on the face, difficulty breathing or swallowing, sudden wheezing or collapse.
Aspirin- relieves minor aches and pains
The possible side effects are black, bloody, coughing up blood, severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain, fever, swelling, pain lasting, or hearing problems, ringing in your ears. Also upset stomach, heartburn, drowsiness; or headache.
Senakot- stimulant laxative to treat constipation. Side effects include stomach pain and cramps and excessive use can cause diarrhoea.
Anti-hypertensive- i.e. Lisonopril used for lowering blood pressure, it is also effective treating congestive heart failure and improve survival after a heart attack. Not to be used by people with liver or kidney disease, diabetes, rheumatoid. Side effects can include feeling faint, restricted urination, stomach swelling, and flu like symptoms, heart palpitations, chest pains, skin rash, depressed mood, vomiting and diarrhea.
Ferrous Sulphate- theses tablets belongs to a group of medicines called iron supplements. These tablets are to replace the minerals that the body needs to produce red blood cells. Side effects, they don't mix well with a lot of other medication so you have to talk to your doctor first before taking them, as in