* The Medicines Act 1968
This acts governs the control of medicines for humans and veterinary use which includes the manufacture and supply
* The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
This act creates the classes of controlled substances (A,B and C) and ranges of penalties for illegal and unlicensed possession
* Health and Social Care Act 2008/2012 (CQC)
This act is designed for the individuals who sue the services, ensuring they receive the care, treatment and support they need
* Somerset Care
Somerset care have a handbook available covering the policies and procedure in place for administering, storing, recording and disposing of medication.
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It is important to keep a close eye when prompting and administering medication. If the individual was to have an Anaphylactic shock, it is important to look out for any signs like swelling, rashes or breathing problems. If a reaction to medication happened, I would call 111, the GP or if I thought it was fatal I would ring 999. I would ensure I record it all down on the running reports factually and report it to my line manager and Customer Supervisor.
Route of medication | Explanation |
Oral | This is when medication is take by the mouth. It can be chewed, swallowed or placed on the tongue. |
Transdermal | Patches are placed on the skin which release medication slowly over a period of time |
Instillation | Drops into the ear, eyes and nose |
Topical | Medicated creams applied to the skin |
Intravenous | Injections straight into the vein for quick relief |
Rectal/Vaginal | Suppositories or pessaries |
Inhalation | Inhaler |
Route of medication | |
Oral | This is where medication Is taken via the mouth, given from a MDS box using a cup or spoon. PPE must be worn and training completed. |
Transdermal | A patch is applied to the skin, it dated and signed. It should be changed regularly and recorded onto the body charts provided in the companys folders. PPE must be worn and training completed. |
Instillation | Drops will be prescribed in a box with the instructions on them. These need to be followed as it will explain the storage on them. Drops must be discarded within 28 days from opening them. PPE must be worn and training completed. |
Topical | Creams will have instructions on and must be followed. PPE must be worn and training completed. |
Rectal/Vaginal | Suppositories are put into the anus and pessaries are...