Unit 4222-331 (HSC 3047)
Support use of medication in social care settings
The “rights” of safe medication administration
verify identity of the service user
verify identity of medicine to be given
verify the amount to be given, carefully determine the strength and the quantity Time:
verify time for the medicine to be taken
verify the route by which the medicine is to be administered and follow procedures
Outcome 1: Legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings
1. Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings
The following legislation has a direct impact on the handling of medication within a social care setting.
• The Medicines Act
• The Misuse of Drugs Act
• The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 SI 1973 No 798 as amended by Misuse of Drugs Regulations
The safer management of controlled drugs
• The Data Protection Act
• The Health and Social Care Act
• Health and Safety at Work Act
• The Control of Substances Hazardous to health Regulations (COSHH) • Hazardous Waste Regulations
• Mental Capacity Act
• The Access to health records Act
The Medicine act 1968
* Deal with the manufacturing supply of medicines.
* Local pharmacist or dispensing doctor is responsible for medicine supply on the receipt of a prescription from a doctor. * A third party such as a trained care worker according to the directions can dispense medicines.
The misuse of Drugs act 1971 and amendments 1985, 2001
* Deals with dangerous and harmful drugs (controlled drugs CDs) * Prevent the misuse of controlled drugs.
* CDs are prescribed drugs used to treat severe pain.
* Some people abuse by taking them when there is no clinical reason. * Care homes must make special arrangements for storage, administration, records and disposal of CDs
The misuse of drugs (Safe custody) amendment Regulation 2007
* Storage of controlled drugs in care homes.
* Must be kept in Controlled drugs cabinet
* Specify the quality, construction, method of fixing and lock and key for the cupboard.
The safer management of controlled drugs (2006)
* Controlled drugs storage, administration and disposal
* Must be kept in a controlled drugs cabinet
* Records must be made for all controlled drugs transactions.
The Health & Social care Act 2008 (Regulated activities) Regulations 2009
* Registered person must protect service users against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines by making appropriate arrangements for: * obtaining,
* safe administration and
* disposal of medicines for the purpose of the regulated activity.
Health & Safety at work act 1974
* Maintain safety for all in the workplace.
* Employer must ensure that anyone administering medication is properly trained. * The risks associated should be assessed for both staff and patients.
Control of substances hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
* Employers must control exposure to hazardous substances for employees and others and * to ensure employees are properly informed, trained and supervised.
Access to Health Records Act 1990
* Who can see medical records.
* An individual can see his/her own records
* No one else including next of kin and friends without the individual’s permission.
Data protection Act 1998
* Any organisation that keeps personal records on computer to register as a data user * Must comply with specific regulations.
* Records must be secure.
* Allow the individual to have access to their records
* Record only relevant...
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