Administer Medication to Individuals, and Monitor the Effects

Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects.
Outcome 1.
Understand legislation, policy and procedures relevant to administration of medication.
· The Medicines Act (1968).
· Control of Stubstances Hazardrous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (1999).
· The Misuse of Drugs Act (1974).
· The Misuse of Drugs (safe custody) regulations (1973).
· Health and Social Care Act.
· Essential Standards.
· Data Protection Act.
· Hazardrous Waste Regulations.

Policy and Procedures.
· Nursing and midwifery council's standards for management and guidlines for the administration of medicines.
· The medication policy and handbook in my workplace that covers assessment of individuals needs, administering, storage and recording and disposal of medicines.

Outcome 2.
Know about common types of medication and their use.
Paracetamol- paracetamol is used to relieve pain such as headaches, possible side effects to paracetamol are becoming addicted to these if taken for overa long period of time. Also, irritation of the stomach, liver damage and sleep disturbances as some analgesics contain caffeine.
Antibiotics e.g. Amoxicillin- Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Diarrhoea, feeling sick and vomitting are the most common side effects. Some people get a fungal infection such as thrush after treatment with antibiotics for a longer period of time. More serious side-effects of antibiotics include kidney problems, blood disorders, increased sensitivity to the sun and deafness. However, these are rare.
Antidepressants e.g. Cipramil- Antidepressants work by changing the chemical balance in the brain and that can in turn change the psychological state of mind such as for depression. Common side effects include: blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, increased appetite, nausea, restlessness, shaking or trembling, and difficulty sleeping. Other side effects include: dry mouth, constipation and sweating.
Anticoagulants e.g. Warfarin-...