Help with Legislation Regarding Administration of Medication in a Health and Social Care Setting.

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1.1 Legislation: Health and Social Care Act; The Medicines Act and The Misuse of Drugs Act Guidelines could include the Nursing Midwifery Guidelines for the management of medicine administration - registered nurses have to abide by this set of guidelines and for paid carers, the General Social Care Council's Code of Conduct will have something which could relate to medication. Policy - for example - consider the Government's drive to ensure people with dementia are not over medicated - so their policy is currently designed to 'push' the professionals responsible for prescribing to bear in mind the effect of drugs on frail elderly people and to consider alternative treatments such as activities and therapies. Other examples of policy might be the Goverment's drive to limit the prescribing of antibiotics to reduce the incidence of resistant strains of bacteria. Protocols - a protocol is a procedure and you could outline your company's procedure (protocol) for disposing of controlled drugs or medication in general 2.1 Pick 3 medications - these could be taken from a copy of the British National Formulary (BNF) - any workplace which is administering medication ought to have a copy (relatively up to date!) on the premises. These are updated every 6 months. Failng that, think about aspirin; a laxative like senakot and maybe ibuprofen. These are easy to google and find out the effects and side effects. You may even have some sitting in your cupboard at home with the information leaflets in them! 2.2 Drugs like insulin (blood has to be taken from a pinprick so that glucose can be measured before the insulin can be given); warfarin to thin the blood - again blood levels must be checked regularly; digoxin to slow and steady the heart (pulse should be checked prior to administration and advice taken if the pulse dips below 60 beats per minute) 2.3 Common adverse
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