Support Use of Medication in Social Care

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Emma Goodwin Support Use of Medication in Social Care Settings 1.1 identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (and later amendments) The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 (and later amendments) The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), COSHH The Mental Capacity Act (2005) The Access to health records Act (1990), The Data Protection Act (1998) plus equality legislation. 1.2 outline the legal classification system for medication The legal classification system means that Prescription only medicines can only be issued by doctors, dentists, nurse independent prescribers, pharmacist independent prescribers and supplementary prescribers. The retail sale or supply of product is prohibited. 1.3 explain how and why policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislation requirements The polices and procedures in the care setting are put in place to make sure that legislation is being followed so that all the carers staff and the service users are safe at all times. All of their needs are being met, inclusive practise and diversity is being followed out and that the setting is staying within the law. 2.1 identify the common types of medication There are different types of medication these can include prescribed antibiotics, antihistamines, anticoagulants, psychotropic medicine and laxatives. 2.2 list conditions on why each medication might be subscribed Antibiotics may be subscribed for an infection such as a chest infection or a cold. Antihistamines are a type of medicine often used to treat a number of allergic health conditions such as hay fever. anticoagulants are used to prevent blood clots. Psychotropic medicine are used to alter chemical levels in the brain which impact mood and behaviour. Laxatives are used to help
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