As a community service worker, you may find that the individuals you support are required to take medications, often several medications, over the course of a day. You may be involved in administering these medications. If so, it is important that the following “5-right” rule is observed:
- the right person receives
- the right medication in
- the right dose at
- the right time using
- the right route.
Also, you need to know what to do in the event of a medication error. As part of your role, you may need to ensure that individuals take their medication as directed, that there are no adverse side effects resulting from these medications, and that the medication is effective and doing what it is supposed to be doing.
Knowledge of medications and their proper administration is an important and serious responsibility for community service workers and adequate training is essential. As such, the final module in the Foundations program is based on agency-approved training program in Medication Administration offered by an external agency or service.
After completing this module, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate the skills and knowledge contained in the Medication administration course.
- Be aware of the policies in your agency related to medication administration.
- Describe what to do if a medication error occurs (e.g., immediate action, notification procedure, documentation, follow-up, consequences).
- Suggest ways of helping the staff at your agency administer medications more efficiently.