Medication: Prescription Drug and General Sales List

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1 - Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care... | | 1.1 - Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings | |
Ans: The legislations that govern the use of medication in social care settings are as follow:
1) The Medicines Act 1968,
2) The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (and later amendments),
3) The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 (and later amendments),
4) The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), 5) COSHH,
6) The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
7) The Access to health records Act (1990), 8) The Data Protection Act (1998) 9) Administration and Control of Medicines in Care Homes and Children’s Services June 2003, and
10) Care Standards Act 2000
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1.3 - Explain how and why policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements:
Ans:
The policies and the procedures or the agreed ways of working are as follows: 1) All medications shall be ordered as per the policy “Ordering of Medications”. 2) Pharmacy will be notified of all patient allergies and should be informed of the patient’s height and weight as soon as possible after admission. A Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS) and Intravenous Medication
Reference Manual shall be available on each nursing unit.
3) Fridges used to store medications will not be used to store food items.
4) All medications previously dispensed by Pharmacy Services will be returned to pharmacy when the medication is discontinued and when the patient is discharged.
5) IV medications infusing at shift change either continuously or intermittently must be verified by the oncoming shift nurse.
6) All intravenous containers and syringes will remain in their original overwrap until ready to be prepared and/or administered.
7) Medications shall be administered by registered or licensed nurses, physicians, RRTs, and Nursing/Paramedic students as per specific educational institution guidelines.
8) All oral medications will remain in their original packaging until they reach the patient. This includes medications that require
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