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Explain safe practice in the administration and storage of medicines

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´╗┐Explain safe practice in the administration and storage of medicines ? P5 There are many ways safe practice can be promoted. Members of staff who are to be administering medication should understand how they could be administering and storing the medicines in a safer way. In this assignment, I will be shadowing a nurse as it is my first day in placement at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. Safe practice can be promoted through many ways; there were many policies and procedures being put in place for members of staff to follow. There are six rights which the staff would have to follow. These include: right person, right drug, right dose, right time, right route and right documentation. These six rights will be discussed later on in the assignment. The first thing I witnessed during my placement was the fact that members of staff would gain consent from the patient for administering the medication. There were four patients in the bay, the member of staff approached the first patient and explained to them the procedure. This patient was recently admitted to the hospital and did not have an intravenous needle for a drip which can be used for antibiotics. The member of staff explained to the patient the procedure that she was going to be undertaking. ...read more.


A risk assessment was later made and this information was put into Jones care plan. The third patient was a patient who self-medicates themselves. They took full responsibility of taking their own medication. However, I still observed, the member of staff asking them whether they have taken their medication. This was only so they were on the safe side and were fully aware that the patient had taken their medication. Although, the client was self-administering, the member of staff still spoke to the client and said that they may feel a little tired and sleepy once they have had the medication. This made the client aware of the side effects they may have, once they have had their medication. There were situations where the patients were not able to open their containers which stopped them from taking their medication or delayed them from having their medication. For this reason the member of staff asks them, to be certain that they have had their medication and if the patient needs any help, the member of staff could support them. There are more risks for people who self-administer their medication as other patients may take their medication which will make them feel that they have already taken it as the medication is not there any more. Members of staff had to take risk assessments to minimise the risks. ...read more.


This will ensure that investigations are carried out properly without any information being missing. All clients? medication should be kept separately and there should be a register on the quantity of CDs that may be held. The trolley which has the medication would always have to be locked so no one can access it. The trolley would have to be stored in a locked room and would have to be kept clean at all times. This is because if the trolley is not clean then it could spread germs and infections. The medication fridge would also have to be locked and kept clean at all times. The medication fridge would not be the same as a kitchen fridge. The temperature for the fridge would always be monitored. There are many reasons to why a medication would need to be disposed. This may be because the client may die, the client may leave the home or maybe the treatment may not need to be continued. However, if a client dies, the organisation would be required to keep the medication for 7 days before disposing it. This is because the investigations that will be carried out for the client?s death would identify whether the client died by their medication or for any other reason. Medication that needs to be disposed should always be safely disposed. This is because if the organisation does not dispose the medication they will not be meeting the National Minimum Standards. This procedure would be carried out in all health and social organisations. ...read more.

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