The administration of medication is common and most important and responsible procedure at my work. There are some current legislation that relate to the prescribing,supply, storage and administration of medication. CQC Essential Standards for Quality and Safety 2010
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Misuses of Drugs Act 1971
National Assistance Act 1984
The Medicines Act 1968 COSHH Regulations 1999 Also:
Domiciliary care National Minimum Standards
Misuse of Drugs (safe custody) Regulation 1973
NCSC AD/MED/05 "Training of care staff in the safe administration of medication.
Allied policy and procedure Medication Management and have to record in log book, MAR chart and on some occasions in communication book and accident report . We have to up date Medication Management training each year, to avoid errors and be aware how to deal with medication.
Common types of medication and their use
There 2 types of Medicine. Topical side specific. * Ear,eye,nasal drops. (act on the mucous membrane) * Creams and ointments. (absorbed through the epidermis) * Aerosol inhalers (act on the lungs and do not enter the bloodstream) * Rectal medicines (can start to act in as little as 10 minutes) * Vaginal preparations (along with Rectal medications are mucosal)
Entries in the system and goes round the entire body * Oral - tablets,liquids, capsules * Rectal - suppositories * Injections Some medication demands the measurement of specific physiological measurements : * insulin ( blood glucose testing) * warfarin (blood thinner).
All medication can potentially be cause side effects and these can be vary from person to person. Common side effects include: *