1.1 IDENTIFY CURRENT LEGISLATION, GUIDELINES POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS RELEVENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION
Health and Safety at Work Act, COSHH, the Medicines Act, the Misuse of Drugs Act, the Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) and the Essential Standards, the RPS Handling Medicines in Social Care Guidelines, Health Act 2006 etc.
2.1 DESCRIBE COMMON TYPES OF MEDICATION INCLUDING THERE EFFECTS AND POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
Paracetamol = Side effects of paracetamol are rare but can include
Erythematous or urticarial rashes, fever, nausea and
Mucosal lesions. Even more rarely, they can include
Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and pancytopenia
ferrous sulphate = possible side effects are allergic reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing,constipation occasionally causing faecal impaction, diarrhoea, stomach pain, feeling sick and blackened stools.
aspirin = possible side effects are black, bloody, or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain, fever lasting longer than 3 days, swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days; or hearing problems, ringing in your ears.
Less serious side effects of aspirin may include:
Upset stomach, heartburn, drowsiness; or headache.
2.2 Identify medication which demands the measurement of specific physiological measurements.
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)