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Stretch and challenge yourself

If you would like to stretch and challenge your understanding and thought process, use the links below to read further information on MDS and error reporting. This step is optional. …

Weekly workplace activity

This activity will need to be started in your workplace or care setting and your findings outlined in the discussion in the next step. Task 1 – supply of medicines …

Creams and ointments

OK, so now we know how to measure liquid dosage forms, but what about medicines that need to be applied onto the resident’s skin? It’s often difficult to know how …

Measuring doses

So we know it’s the right medicine at the right time, but how do we actually measure the dose to be given? This is challenging when the dose to be …

Right medicine, right dose, right time

Administering medicines to residents can be a daunting task. You need to ensure that they are administered correctly by referring to several sources such as the residents care plan, MAR …

Medicines storage and disposal

Medicines should be stored in a way that means they are safe and will be effective when administered. Medicines are usually stored in a specific area in the care home. …

Multi-compartment medication device

Supply of medicines to care settings: Original packs VS multi-compartment medication devices (MMD) Medicines are usually supplied to care homes in one of three types of MMD or in original …

Record keeping

Record keeping is an essential part of the day to day activities of a carer, there are specific records that need to be kept in relation to medicines. Record keeping …

Introduction to administering medicines

Now that we have looked at the first three R’s of safe medication administration to residents, we need to consider how to ensure the right medicine and right dose is …

Stretch and challenge yourself

If you would like to stretch and challenge your understanding and thought process, use the links below to read further information on covert medicines and labelling of medicines, handwashing and …

Weekly workplace activity

This activity will need to be started in your workplace or care setting and your findings outlined in the discussion in the next step. Task 1 – covert administration What …

Good glove hygiene

It is important to follow good glove hygiene for the safety of the carer and the resident. Appropriate hand and glove hygiene is essential in a care setting as hands …

Swallowing difficulties and tablet crushing

Swallowing difficulties Some residents have difficulty taking medicines orally. You must monitor how the residents are responding to taking medicines to ensure that the resident’s needs are adequately met. You …

The right route

Care staff should assess, monitor, administer and review medication to ensure that the resident receives medication in an appropriate form and route. Some medications can be administered via multiple routes. …