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HSC 3047 : Part 4 Support the use of medication in social care settings Receive, store and dispose of medication supplies safely. Sheena Helyer 01.2013. Photo supplied by:- supporttheadams.com. Medication policy and job description. Photo supplied by:- westcoastdhb.org.uk.

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HSC 3047 : Part 4Support the use of medication in social care settingsReceive, store and dispose of medication supplies safely.Sheena Helyer01.2013

Photo supplied by:- supporttheadams.com

medication policy and job description
Medication policy and job description

Photo supplied by:- westcoastdhb.org.uk

Local medication policies will outline how much a community carer may assist with ordering medication, receipt of medication, delivering medication and recording the arrival of medication in the home. The package of care and care plan will outline exactly what care should be provided.

All care staff administering medication must read their local policy.

The job description of the member of staff should reflect the responsibilities they have in administering medicine

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delivering medicine
Delivering medicine

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Most medication given by care staff will be long term medication. Repeat prescriptions will need to be sent to the pharmacy at least a week before the end of each 4 week cycle as it may take several days before the tablets are delivered to the home.

Occasionally the service user may have an acute illness and need urgent medication and efforts will have to be made to start the medicine the same day it is prescribed. Care staff should only collect medicine if this is allowed by the local policy.

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information for the service user
Information for the service user

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Many people are completely capable of managing their own medicine, they just need a bit of help and information to make that possible.

Care staff should ensure that the person knows:-

  • Why they are having the medicine
  • What time of day they should take it
  • If they should take it before, during or after meals
  • Any side effects they should expect

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information for the service user1
Information for the service user

Information about medication can be accessed from many sources:-

  • The product information supplied with the medication
  • The person’s pharmacist or GP
  • The British National Formulary: BNF (an up to date version should be available in the office)
  • The internet or local library

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documenting medication
Documenting medication

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If care workers are responsible for administering medication, it must be recorded when it arrives in the home.

Some pharmacies will send an accompanying MAR (medication administration record) sheet with the medicine where the care worker can record the number of tablets sent and the date of arrival.

If no MAR chart has been sent then a hand written record must be kept using the local form and all care recorded in the care plan.

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daily record of medication administration
Daily record of medication administration

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  • Every dose of medication which is administered must be recorded
  • Any medicine which is NOT given must be explained, for example:-
      • Service user had been vomiting
      • Service user refused the medication
      • Service user was in hospital
  • If medication is being given ‘as required’ it must be made clear in the plan of care what the medication is to be given for e.g. Movicol to be given if the service user has not had a bowel movement for 2 days.

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what medicine can the care worker give
What medicine can the care worker give?

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Only medicine which is on the recording sheet and labelled correctly by the pharmacy can be given.

Other homely remedies, over the counter medicine and vitamins cannot be given.

Tablets left in pots and unlabelled containers cannot be given.

safe storage
Safe storage

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Medication should be kept in a clean dry place which is not exposed to extremes of temperature.

Medication should not be stored over 25c. Aerosols and oxygen must be kept away from heat sources.

Medication should be kept in a neat orderly manner and expired medication should be returned to the pharmacy with the permission of the service user.

Medication must be kept out of reach of pets and children who may be visiting.

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keeping medicine in the fridge
Keeping medicine in the fridge

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Some medicines such as antibiotics, insulin or eye drops may need to be kept between 2-8c in the fridge.

These should be kept in a separate container from the food and away from children and vulnerable adults.

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what if the service starts to lose mental capacity
What if the service starts to lose mental capacity?

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Care staff must be alert for signs that a service is becoming more confused or may be taking medication inappropriately.

Any behaviour which causes concern must be recorded and fed back to the service manager.

The person’s GP will need to establish the cause of the confusion

If necessary there should be a ‘best interest’ meeting of all involved to decide on the best way forward. A plan should be drawn up which is minimally restrictive.

Medicine might need to be put in a place where the service user does not have access to it.

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teamwork
Teamwork

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There may be a number of different people and agencies involved in supporting a vulnerable person at home so there needs to be a high level of coordination and liaison to prevent misunderstandings and mistakes with medication.

The following may be helpful:-

  • Regular meetings
  • Plan for shared care which clarifies the responsibilities of all involved
  • Shared documentation and message book
  • Keeping all contact numbers on mobile phone
  • Regular phone contact / text messages

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controlled drugs
Controlled drugs

There are no laws about how controlled drugs in the home should be kept. They are now the property of the service user but can only legally be used by the person for whom they have been prescribed.

If care staff are administering CDs it is good practice to keep an exact record of the number of tablets/patches on the premises.

If any go missing the service manager must be informed immediately.

If staff are involved in collecting or returning CDs they should carry ID and sign the pharmacy records.

It is good practice to ask for a receipt for CDs which can be given to the service manager.

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disposal of medication
Disposal of medication

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Any unused, unwanted or expired medication should be returned to the local pharmacy for disposal.

Medicines should not be put into household waste containers or flushed down the toilet as they may cause environmental contamination or danger to others.

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medication errors
Medication Errors

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Good systems of work and good training will help to eliminate errors but if they do occur there must be complete honesty and transparency about what has happened.

Local policies must be followed but will usually involve the following:-

  • Reporting the error to the service user, the service manager, the GP and close family members.
  • Careful monitoring of the service user’s medical condition
  • Review of what went wrong to prevent reoccurrence.
what happens now
What happens now?

Learner attends all the taught sessions for the unit

Learner completes the work book and hands to their assessor.

Learner makes an appointment to meet their assessor in the work place.

Practical procedures and skills are observed in the work place by the assessor and assessed.

The evidence is reviewed by the internal verifier.

A certificate of completion is issued.

The learner is now considered competent to administer medication

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