Unit 47 Level 3 Knowledge Questions

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1. (1.1) identify current legislation, guidelines policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication.

The current legislation that is relevant to administration of medication in social care is:
• Care standards act 2000
• Mental capacity act 2005
• Mental capacity act 2000
The legal management of medication are covered by The medicines act 1988 and various amendments such as:
• The medicines act 1968
• The misuse of drugs act 1971
• The data protection act 1998
• The health and social care act 2001
Some have a direct impact on the handling of medication in social care settings. These are:
• The heath act 2000
• Health and safety work act 1974
• The control of substances hazardous to health regulation 1999
• The access to health records act 1990
• Mental capacity act 2005

2. (2.1) describe common types of medication including their effects and potential side-effects (see table 1)

Common types of medication are:
• Antibiotics – these treat infection – side effects are diarrhoea, bloating, sickness, indigestion and abdominal pain.
• Antidepressants – treats depression or other mental health problems – side effects are blurred vision, diarrhoea, dizziness, loss of appetite, sweating sickness and feeling agitated
• Analgesics – used to relive pain – side effects are sickness, nausea, dry mouth and drowsiness

3. medication which demands the measurement of specific physiological measurements

Drugs like insulin (blood has to be taken from a pinprick so that glucose can be measured before the insulin can be given); warfarin to thin the blood - again blood levels must be checked regularly; digoxin to slow and steady the heart (pulse should be checked prior to administration and advice...