Storage of Medication

2.5 Explain how to store and administer medicines

      Storage of medicines:
Keep all medications in the original containers in which they were accepted
Medicines should be kept in locked secure storage areas and must be out of reach of children
Store medications at correct temperatures. Medication that require refrigeration should be stored away from food and in a locked container, preferably in a separate refrigerator.
Store all medications in clearly marked containers and in an orderly manner. In addition, the storage area should be well lit

    Administering medication:
All medications should be handed adult to adult
Do not allow children to carry medications unless they are older and mature enough to handle this responsibility.
All prescription and non-prescription medication(including vitamins) given in child care settings require a written authorisation from the child’s doctor as well as parent written consent
The instructions from the child doctor must include information regarding the medication, reason for the medication, the specific time of administration and the length of time the medication needs to be given
All medications must be brought in the original labelled container
Child carers involved in medication administration should receive special training and should be supervised by a nurse or other health consultant .
Child carers are not authorised to determine when an ‘as needed medication is to be given
    (Specific instructions are necessary for children with chronic health     conditions, this will be determined in collaboration with the consulting nurse)
Unused medications should be returned to the parent/guardian for disposal. In the event medication cannot be returned to the parent or guardian it should be disposed of according to the recommendations.