Administer Medication to Individuals and Monitor the Effects

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Kayleigh Jones 04/07/2015 Unit 36 ASM 34 Administer Medication to Individuals and Monitor the Effects 1. 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 medicine Act, * COSHH Regulations, * Health and Safety at work Act, * The misuse of drugs Act, * The misuse of drug (safe custody) Regulations, * Health and Social care Act, * Essential standards Date Protection Act, * Hazardous Waste Regulations. The medication policy handbook that covers assessment of individual’s needs, administrating storage, recording and disposal of medication. 2. Know the common types of Medication and their use. 2.1 Describe the common types of medication including their effects and potential side-effects. * Analgesics e.g. Paracetamol – for pain relief such as headaches. Side effects – Addiction if taking for over a long period of time, irritation to the stomach, liver damage and sleep disturbances. * Antibiotics e.g. Amoxicillin – Treats infections caused by bacteria. Side effects - Diarrhoea and sickness is the most common. Some people may get thrush after treatment with antibiotics for a longer period of time. More serious side effects can occur such as kidney problems, blood disorders, increased sensitivity to the sun and deafness… these are rare. * Antidepressants e.g. Cipramil – Work by changing the chemical balance in the brain that can change the psychological state of the mind such as depression. Side effects – blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, increased appetite, nausea, restlessness, trembling and difficulty with sleeping. These are the most common side effects. Other side effects can occur such as dry mouth, sweating and constipation.

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