When administering medication to service users, care workers with specialist training must be authorised to handle individual medication requirements because they will better understand what type of medication is needed and why. There are also policies and procedures and employers’ agreed ways of working to follow when managing a person’s medication.
There are 6 rights when administering medication, from our overarching medication policy and procedures:
- Right patients
- Right drugs
- Right Dose
- Right Route
- Right Time
- Right Documentation
All medicines administered this way must be recorded on a MAR sheet, which should be straightforward to read for other care social workers and other individuals.
Suppose the service user is self-managing their medication. In that case, the responsibility will still be for the care manager to ensure their medication is available, ordered, and provided the individual can manage their medication routine.
Dispose of medication as per your employer’s agreed ways of working and the manufacturer’s instructions. Unwanted medication must be returned to your local pharmacy.
When working with a client, social worker, and care manager, the duty of candour must be enforced and followed. If medication administered was incorrect, you must be open and honest with the service user and your employer.
Important information regarding the type of medication and when it should be administered will be on the care plan for the individual. The care plan will be followed by the care worker and signed off by the care manager. Any questions or queries regarding the individual’s care plan when administering medication must be raised immediately with the care manager.
Medication must be locked away safely in a place only authorised care workers can access. Only workers/employees who have had the proper specialist training should order, handle, receive and dispose of it.
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