Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care Medication Essay

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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
The Medicines Acts 1968 and various amendments cover the legal management of medication. While care staff are not expected to have detailed knowledge of the legislation, they 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. * The Medicines Act 1968 * The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 * The
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This Register should be in the form of a bound book or computerized record. * Within this Register, each drug, form and strength must have a separate bound book or section within a bound book with the product name and strength written at the top of each page. * Entries must be made in chronological order with no alterations. If a mistake is made, an explanatory note must be made at the bottom of the page or margin. * Registers may only be kept electronically if safeguards are built into the software to ensure the following:
The author of each entry is identifiable
Entries cannot be altered at a later date
A log of data entered is kept and can be recalled for audit purposes (a secure electronic backup of data held is sufficient). * The Register must be completed within 24 hours. For example, it is acceptable during procedures to mark on a white board the quantities administered and complete the Register at the end of the day.
The task of completing the Controlled Drugs Register can be delegated by the prescribing officer to another member of staff, however, responsibility for the supply remains with the prescribing officer.
Legally the Register should be kept for 2 years after the last recorded entry.
[CU2624.2] Know about common types of medication and their use

2.1 Describe common
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