Why is it important to keep up-to-date records of drugs administered?
It is of paramount importance that the records are kept up to date not only for the health and safety of the individuals in the home but also to safeguard the staff and the home from accusations of abuse, assault or theft etc as mentioned in question (a) answer, but also to ensure that mistakes in administration are virtually impossible. If an individual is given a medicine that would react badly or have contra-indications when given in conjunction with another medicine is not properly recorded, the consequences could be devastating for the individual, the designated person administering the medicine and the home itself. The person designated to administer the medication must be aware and abide by the homes policies and procedures as well as the following regulations and guidelines:
The Care Standards Act (2000)
The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
The Care Home Regulations (2001)
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain guidelines
The Medicines Act (1968)
The General Social care Council’s Codes of Practice
The Misuse of Drugs Regulations (2001)
Why is it important to only work within your sphere of competence?
It is important that I only undertake tasks that I have had relevant training to carry out. This ensures that I can complete the tasks with confidence and safety following all of the homes policies, procedures and guidelines. Working within my own remit ensures that I do not endanger the service users, other staff and myself which could cause me to lose my job or someone to lose their life.