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Medicine Awareness

Overview

Medicines are available in many different forms and have a variety of functions. If you administer or manage medications on behalf of others, it is vital that you have a clear understanding of your responsibilities and you are aware of the types of products you may encounter.

Objectives

At the end of the course, trainees will be able to:

  • Recognise the difference between a medicine and a drug
  • Identify the positives and negatives of medicines and drugs
  • State the legal requirements of the Medicines Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act
  • Recognise the different presentations of specific drugs
  • Identify how you should maintain safety when administering, handling and storing medicine
  • Store and dispose of medications and drugs correctly
  • State the record keeping requirements in respect of medication