HSC 3047 Essay examples

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1.1 The following legislation governs the use of medication in a care setting: The Medicines Act 1968 The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) COSHH The Mental Capacity Act (2005) The Access to health records Act (1990) The Data Protection Act (1998) 1.2 The Medicines Act 1968 and Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 cover the sale, use and production of medicines. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for regulating medicines in the UK. This includes ensuring that medicines and medical devices are safe and bringing prosecutions when medicines legislation has been broken. There are three main classes…show more content…
Some adverse drug reactions that may be noticed: Skin rash Easy bruising Bleeding Severe nausea and vomiting Diarrhea Constipation Confusion Breathing difficulties These need to be reported to the Gp so that tests to investigate if any further reactions have occurred can be completed, such as: Changes in lab test results Abnormal heartbeat The doctor may tell the person to stop taking the medicine so the adverse reaction will go away by itself, or the medication may be changed to another type to treat the reaction. The adverse reaction may cause the person to need to go to hospital. Medication should never be stopped without first consulting the Gp. 3.1 The person who prescribes the medication must be qualified to do so, for example a GP or nurse, they must make sure that they update themselves as required by any professional body that they might belong to. It is the prescriber’s responsibility to ensure that the person whom the medication is being prescribed for, fully understands what the medication is, why it is being prescribed, any side effects and any warnings that come with that medication. If the patient has any communication or learning difficulties, it is the prescriber’s duty to make certain that any assistance in understanding, is provided, for example an interpreter or large print. Careful consideration should be given into whether prescribing that medication is safe and appropriate for the individual
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