Administer medications

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTAHW020, 'Administer medications'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes.

The performance criteria specify the level of performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Interpret and clarify orders and instructions for medication

1.1 Receive, correctly interpret and clarify written and verbal orders and instructions for medications with medical practitioners and other senior health staff

1.2 Identify potential drug interactions and refer to an appropriately authorised person

1.3 Check written and verbal medication instructions against published medications information resources

1.4 Recognise special precautions and contraindications with the use of particular medications and refer to an appropriate person

2. Prepare medication

2.1 Access medication according to organisational procedures and policies and within scope of own role and legislative requirements

2.2 Use published medications resources to determine the appropriate route or method for administration of medication

2.3 Correctly identify medication dosage in standard treatment manual or calculate mathematically

2.4 Measure out required dose or volume of medication accurately using required and/or relevant equipment

2.5 Confirm with relevant authorised person the calculated and measured medication dosage to be administered

3. Administer medications safely

3.1 Administer medications appropriately, observing universal precautions and aseptic handling procedures, in line with organisation, legal and regulatory requirements

3.2 Prepare a hygienic and sanitised environment for the administration of medications

3.3 Assist in the administration of medications by appropriate methods and routes, observing standard precautions and in line with organisation, legal and regulatory requirements

3.4 Identify any adverse events or allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, related to medication and take appropriate action in line with standard protocols

3.5 Dispose of used equipment, packaging, medical waste and other products according to manufacturer’s instructions, infection control and organisational procedures and policies

4. Instruct and monitor clients to self administer medication

4.1 Prepare, or assist client to prepare, medication for self administration as required

4.2 Demonstrate to client correct use of relevant equipment for self medication

4.3 Guide client through the process of self administration of medication and provide assistance as necessary

4.4 Confirm with the client the completion of self administration

4.5 Instruct and educate client to dispose of used equipment, packaging, medical waste and other products according to manufacturer’s instructions, infection control and organisational procedures and policies

5. Document administration procedures

5.1 Keep client file up to date by completing all relevant records relating to the specific medication administered, including access, storage and disposal requirements

5.2 Store all relevant documentation securely according to organisation policies and procedures