Suitable for Nurses and Carers working within healthcare establishments. This course provides 7 hours of CPD.
This one day course gives learners the knowledge to help them to safely and effectively administer and manage medication in a care or support setting. The course covers:
- What is a drug?
- What is a medicine?
- Legal categories of medicines
- Category identifications on original packaging
- Types and contents of prescriptions and pharmacy medication labels
- The laws regarding the administration of medicines, including MCA and Covert Medications
- Understanding administration directions
- Liquid medications (storage and safe administration)
- Policies for administration (inc. not administering from family-prepared containers etc..)
- Drug crushing and covert medication (including legal and medical implications)
- Differences between systemic and topical medicines
- Infection control considerations for both carers and service users – use of gloves and other PPE
- Non-prescription medicines including herbal; dangers, contraindications and side effects
- The 7 rights of administration
- Practical guidance on the giving of medicines, including oral, transdermal patches, inhalers, eye/ear drops and ointments
- Awareness of administration via other routes
- M.A.R.R sheets, their purpose and uses
- Topical medicines: Using the correct amounts of creams, lotions and gels
- Controlled drugs books Emergency supplies and interims
- Unwanted medicines (disposal and recording)
- The Law regarding the alteration of doses and cross person administration
- Storage and side effects
- Food and medication interactions and contraindications
- Self-administration and the level of assistance
This course includes theoretical and practical activities and assessments to ensure understanding.