Unit 616 Administer Medication

616   Administer Medication to Individuals, and Monitor the Effects

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 200
The medicines act 1988
The misuse of drugs act 1971
The data protection act 1998
The health and social care act 2001
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

2.1 - Describe common types of medication including their effects and potential side-effects    

Common types of medication are:
• Antibiotics – antibiotics are used to treat infections. Side effects can include diarrhoea, stomach pain, bloating and feeling sick.
• Antidepressants – Used to treats depression or other mental health problems, certain groups of antidepressants can also be used to treat nerve or muscle pain.   Some people experience side effects which can be blurred vision or feeling dizzy. Lack of appetite, feeling sick or feeling agitated and irritable. Some people may also experience excessive sweating. Side effect are different depending on the type of medication.

• Analgesics – Also known as pain killers. These are used to relive aches and pains. Side effects can be   sickness, dry mouth and drowsiness. And also affect a persons inability to drive or use machinery due to the drowsiness. Medical professionals recommend that alcohol is avoided when taking any form of pain relief.

2.2 - Identify medication which demands the measurement of specific physiological measurements    

Medication like insulin has to be measured. Blood has to be taken, normally by using a needle to give a pinprick so that the glucose in the blood can be measured before the insulin can be given....