Administer and monitor medications

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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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 CHCCS424A, 'Administer and monitor medications'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



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

1.1 Based on care plan and/or delegation, access information to enable identification of substance incompatibilities

1.2 Identify environmental and/or practice issues that may impact on or contraindicate administration of medication in specific situations

1.3 Report potential risks related to medication administration to supervisor or 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 Identify any limitations on own capability in relation to undertaking delegated medication administration function and report to delegating health professional

2. Prepare for medication administration within a variety of settings

2.1 Establish authority to assist with medication administration in line with organisation policies, guidelines and protocols and jurisdictional legislative and regulatory requirements

2.2 Clarify role in providing assistance with medication administration in line with delegation

2.3 Confirm that all dose administration aids are complete, ready for use and up to date

2.4 Implement personal hygiene procedures according to organisation policy and procedure to ensure cross infection is minimised

2.5 Ensure practice is at all times consistent with policies, procedures and delegations in order to fulfil duty of care requirements

2.6 Gather equipment required for medication administration

2.7 Confirm medication administration route and associated terminology and procedures for medication administration

2.8 Identify from the care plan the purpose and function of prescribed medications for administration

2.9 Report environmental and/or practice issues that may impact on or contraindicate administration of medication in specific situations and seek direction from supervisor or health professional

2.10 Accurately measure and/or calculate dosages for administration of medication

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

2.12 Demonstrate medication administration techniques and precautions specific to each client as per delegation

3. Identify and prepare the client for administration of medication

3.1 Identify the client, including clients who self administer, according to organisation procedures and delegation

3.2 Greet correctly identified client and prepare for medication administration

3.3 Check client medication according to organisation guidelines and delegation

3.4 Inform the client of the administration procedure

3.5 Prior to administration, check the client for any physical or behavioural changes that may indicate the need to report to delegating health professional, according to organisation policies and procedures

4. Administer required medications within legal parameters

4.1 Administer medications as delegated within role responsibility according to the law and environment policy

4.2 Prepare and administer medications according to specific requirements of the form of medication, in strict accordance with defined legislation and organisation procedures, according to delegation and in line with prescriber's written instructions where available

4.3 Implement all checks to ensure the right medication is given at the right time, to the right person, in the right amount, via the right route, in the right form

4.4 Assist the client taking the medication as required and according to documented procedures

4.5 Supervise and observe the client when taking medication and confirm ingestion or completion

4.6 Dispose of all used and unused medication, containers, needles and syringes in line with organisation procedures

4.7 Identify signs that PRN medications may be required, review care plan and written instructions and act in accordance with organisation's policies, procedures and role responsibility, in line with delegation

5. Monitor client response to administered medication

5.1 Record administration of medications according to organisation policy

5.2 Contribute to information provided to clients and carers on medication administration, including possible side effects

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

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

5.5 Record and report response to emergency strategies

5.6 Identify signs of a client experiencing pain and report to supervisor or health professional

5.7 Observe and record client response to pain relieving medication and report to supervisor or health professional

6. Comply with the organisation's procedures for handling the range of issues/contingencies which may arise

6.1 Report to supervisor and health professional client refusal to take medication or incomplete ingestion according to organisation's procedures and protocols

6.2 Identify contaminated or out of date medication

6.3 Implement organisation procedures for disposal of contaminated or out of date medication

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

6.5 Record and report any inconsistency (e.g. with the medication, the time or the client) according to the delegation

6.6 Document inconsistencies and address according to the organisation's guidelines and procedures

7. Complete medication distribution and administration

7.1 Manage the trolley, or other medication container and used medication containers according to industry and the organisation's infection control guidelines

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

7.3 Store medication charts according to the organisation's procedures to ensure safety, security and confidentiality

7.4 Complete medication storage procedures to maximise security, prevent medication deterioration and in compliance with legislation

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCCS424A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC40108 - Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • CHC40208 - Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • CHC52008 - Diploma of Community Services (Case management)
  • CHC40308 - Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC60108 - Advanced Diploma of Disability Work