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Author: Annette Morris
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Administer medication to individuals, and monitor the effects
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Understand legislation, policy and procedures relevant to administration of medication
1.1 Identify current legislation, guidelines policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication
Current legislation, guidelines policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication we use is is mainly The Medicines Acts 1968. While we are not expected to have detailed knowledge of the legislation, we do need to be aware of the legal difference between types of drugs and the legal framework that allows them to handle medicines on behalf of the service user. The following is a list of legislation that has a direct impact upon the handling of medication within a social care setting are:
The Medicines Act 1968
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
The Social Work Act 1968
The Children Act 1989
The Data Protection Act 1998
The Care Standards Act 2000
The Regulation of Care Act 2001
The Health and Social Care Act 2001
The Health Act 200
Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
The Control of Substances Hazardous to health Regulations (1999-COSHH) Mental Capacity Act (2005)
Know about common types of medication and their use
2.1 Describe common types of medication including their effects and potential side effects
Some common types of medication we use on a daily basis are:
Analgesics like Paracetamol – Effects these are used to relieve pain – Side Effects service users can become addicted to them if used over a long period of time, irritation of the stomach, and even liver damaged.
Antibiotics like Penicillin – Effects these are used to treat infections – Side Effects service users can experience diarrhoea, sickness, and kidney problems.
Anticoagulants like Warfarin – Effects this is used to thin the blood – Side Effects service users have a high risk of excessive blood loss (as the blood cannot clot easily), pass blood in urine or faeces, easily and severe bruising, and unusual headaches.
2.2 Identify medication which demands the measurement of specific physiological measurements
Medication that is used by my service users sometimes need to be checked before taking it. These include Insulin, blood pressure medication and warfarin. Checks that need to be taken are blood sugar levels for insulin, blood pressure for the blood pressure medication and the warfarin team need to monitor the blood of the service users that take warfarin. All these checks are normally done by the service users family or warfarin team but we need to know they are taking it so we can help make sure they are keeping on top of the checks.
2.3 Describe the common adverse reactions to medication, how each can be recognised and the appropriate action(s) required
Adverse reactions can happen with and medication and to anybody, common reactions that happen are:
Anaphyactic shock – signs of this is swelling of face, lips or hands, rash, and breathing trouble. If that happens medical professional must be informed immediately.
Allergic reactions – signs of this is skin rashes, itches, and vomiting.
2.4 Explain the different routes of medicine administration
There are several routes of administration they are:
Inhalation – this is a medication that is breathed in...
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