Learn about the 6 ‘R’s of medicine administration (including medicine administration routes) and understand related legislation. Understand the key principles of medicine administration. On this course you will learn about the underlying principles and procedures of medicine administration.
You will consider the legislation and guidance surrounding medicines administration, including requirements for medicines storage and record keeping. You will also learn the 6 ‘Rs’ of medicine administration: right patient, right medicine, right route, right dose, right time and resident’s right to refuse.
Through the course you will learn through articles, videos and discussion – giving you the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other carers.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1- Introduction to Medicines
Identifying different types of medicines found in care settings
Considering laws and guidance associated with medicines in care settings
Week 2 – Residential Care
Considering the ‘Right Resident’, the ‘Residents Right to Refuse’ and the ‘Right Route’ of administration
Identifying special circumstances for crushing tablets before administration
Outlining the principles of good glove hygiene and oral hygiene of residents
Week 3 – Medicines Management
Ensuring the ‘Right Medicine’, ‘Right Dose’ and ‘Right Time’ in relation to administering medicines to residents
Accurately measuring liquid and topical doses of medicines
Considering safe medicines storage
Upon completion of the three weeks, and successfully passing the short assessment at the end of the course, you will receive a certificate.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
– Engage the 6 R’s of safe medicine administration for residents at your care setting
– Apply your knowledge of the policy and guidance on covert administration of medicines in appropriate instances
– Demonstrate good hand hygiene and knowledge of good oral hygiene for your residents
– Identify ways in which you can involve the resident in making shared decisions about their medicines
– Assess, monitor, administer and review medicines so that residents are receiving medicines in an appropriate form
– Collaborate with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the resident’s medication needs are met
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