Administer and monitor 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 HLTHPS007, 'Administer and monitor 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

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element

1. Identify situations that are a potential risk to the safe administration of medications

1.1 Access and read information to enable identification of substance incompatibilities based on care plan and delegation

1.2 Identify environmental and time management issues that may impact on or contraindicate administration of medication

1.3 Report potential risks related to medication administration to delegating health professional

1.4 Confirm client identity and if any allergies exist

1.5 Identify drugs and poisons schedules and classifications as determined by law

1.6 Pro-actively identify any limitations in own capability in relation to undertaking delegated medication administration function and report to delegating health professional

2. Prepare for medication administration

2.1 Confirm delegating health professionals authority to proceed with delegation of medication administration according to organisation policies, guidelines and protocols and jurisdictional legislative and regulatory requirements

2.2 Clarify own role and limitations in providing assistance with medication administration with delegating health professional

2.3 Check that all equipment, including dose administration aids, are complete, ready for use, up to date and tamper free before proceeding

2.4 Follow infection control procedures

2.5 Confirm medication administration route and procedure

2.6 Confirm purpose and function of prescribed medications from care plans and delegating health professional

2.7 Accurately calculate medication dosages according to authorised documented request

2.8 Prepare medications according to delegated role and in line with legal and environmental guidelines

3. Identify and prepare the client for administration of medication

3.1 Greet and identify client according to organisation procedures and prepare for medication administration

3.2 Check client medication according to organisation guidelines and the delegation from the health professional

3.3 Accurately explain the administration procedure to the client

3.4 Prior to the administration of medication, check the client for any physical or behavioural changes that may indicate the need to report todelegating health professional

4. Administer medications within legal parameters

4.1 Administer medications as delegated within role responsibility

4.2 Administer medications according to "rights of medication", specific requirements from the form prescribed and in accordance with defined legislation, organisation procedures, professional standards and prescriber’s written instructions where available

4.3 Assist the client taking the medication as required and according to documented procedures and professional standards

4.4 Oversee and observe the client when taking medication and confirm ingestion or completion of administration

4.5 Dispose of all used and unused medication, containers, according to organisation procedures

4.6 Identify signs from client "when necessary" medications might be required, then inform delegating health practitioner and act in accordance with organisation’s policies, procedures, delegation and role responsibility

4.7 Record administration of medications according to organisation policy

4.8 Provide accurate information to clients and carers on medication administration, including possible side effects as per instructions of the delegating health professional

5. Monitor client response to administered medication

5.1 Identify possible acute and delayed adverse reactions to medications, respond within role responsibility and report to supervisor or health professional

5.2 Implement emergency response for identified acute and delayed adverse reactions within role responsibility

5.3 Record and report response to emergency strategies

5.4 Identify signs of a client experiencing pain and report to health professional

5.5 Observe and record client response to pain relieving medication and report to health professional

6. Handle medication contingencies

6.1 Report medication refusal or incomplete ingestion to supervising health professional according to organisation’s procedures and protocols

6.2 Clearly identify contaminated or out of date medication and implement organisation’s procedures for safe and appropriate disposal

6.3 Observe and record changes in the client’s condition according to the organisation’s guidelines and report to supervisor and health professional

6.4 Record and report any inconsistencies according to delegation and organisation guidelines and procedures

7. Complete medication distribution and administration

7.1 Manage medication equipment and used containers according to infection control guidelines

7.2 Complete arrangements and procedures to replenish dose administration aids and supplies

7.3 Store medication charts, care plans and treatment sheets according to the organisation’s procedures

7.4 Complete medication storage procedures in compliance with legislation and own role responsibility