Unit 79: Support the Use of Medication in Social Care Settings

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Unit 79: Support the use of medication in social care settings 1 1.1 Legislation Medicines Act 1968 Human Medicines Regulations 2012/; Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 Health Act 2006 Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2006 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)1999 Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 Mental Health Acts 1983 and 2007 Mental Capacity Act 2005 New Mental Capacity Act Guidance 2011 1.2 Legal Classification The Department of Health has an agency called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). MHRA are responsible for ensuring medicines and medical devices are effective and acceptably safe. Medicinal products used by humans come under 4 categories: -GSL (general sales list) -P (pharmacy) -POM (prescription-only medicines) -CD (controlled drugs) There are 3 classes; A, B and C. 1.3 Policies and Procedures The agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements for various important reasons. The most important reason is to avoid injury or death. Polices and procedures are not only in place to promote the safety and well-being of the client but also the care workers, district nurses etc. The polices and procedures should include obtaining, safe storage, prescribing, dispensing, administration, monitoring and disposal. 2 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 Common medications and the reason for use and possible adverse reactions Analgesic general pain killer addiction, liver damage, sleep disturbance Anti-biotics treat infection caused by bacteria diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, possibly thrush Anti-depressants changes the chemical imbalance in the brain blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, restlessness Anti-coagulants prevent blood clotting excessive bleeding, blood in urine, severe

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