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Assist with self medication

Unit Descriptor This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to self-medicate in a home or community setting. Assistance with self-medication is provided in accordance with:
· The relevant Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation including the Drugs and Poison's Act and Regulations
· Relevant industry standards and guidelines
· Organisational policies and procedures written in accordance with the relevant legislation and reflecting the scope of role and accountability for the level of worker in that jurisdiction.

1 . Check authority to provide assistance
  1. The authority to proceed is established by following the organisations guidelines for the items listed in the range statement including responsibilities of relevant staff.

  2. Any changes in the client's condition that may impact on their ability to self medicate is reported to a supervisor and/or health professional

  3. Personal hygiene procedures are implemented to ensure cross infection is minimised

  4. Administration procedure is explained if necessary to facilitate medication administration

2 . Assist with self administration
  1. All necessary checks are implemented to ensure that the client and their medications are identified according to the organisational procedures

  2. Clients are assisted with administration of medicines as required in accordance with legislation and organisational policies

  3. Clients are supervised and observed when taking medication and ingestion or completion is confirmed

  4. Record of self-medication is completed according to the organisational procedures

  5. Client is observed for any changes in their condition listed in the Range Statement and assistance sought from a health professional, supervisor or medical officer if indicated

  6. Waste products are discarded according to organisational procedures

3 . Comply with the organisation's procedures for handling the range of contingencies which may arise
  1. Supervisor and/or health professional is notified of any difficulty with self medication (such as client refusal to take some or all medications, incomplete ingestion or missing doses) according to the organisation's procedures and protocols

  2. Individual's reactions to medication are identified, reported, recorded and addressed according to organisational guidelines

  3. Any inconsistencies observed in the medication administration are identified, documented and addressed accordingly to organisation's guidelines.

  4. All inconsistencies are documented and addressed according to organisational guidelines

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Range Statement

Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation may include:

Authority to proceed refers to:

Required medicines may include:

Organisational guidelines for client identification include:

Organisational policy for checking medicines with clients who are self-medicating may include:

Preparing the client for medication may include:

Current needs may include:

The form of the medicine may include:

Possible changes in condition of the client that must be immediately reported to a supervisor or health professional may include, but are not limited to:

Incomplete ingestion and effects that should be reported as soon as possible after providing assistance with self-medication includes:

Drug storage procedures include

Health professionals may include:

Supervisor may include:

Equipment may include:

Physical assistance to clients who are self-medicating may include:

NB Dose administration aids must be prepared by a medical practitioner, Registered Nurse or pharmacist.

Documentation may include:

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects of assessment:

All workers will be assessed against their ability to assist clients with self administration of medications according to their defined job role and to always comply with legal and organisational policies and procedures relating to:

All work will be in accordance with supervisors written and verbal instructions

Essential skills:

  1. Skills listed below require specific levels of literacy and numeracy and physical capabilities. The skills required are the ability to correctly:

  2. Read client record of medication and pharmacy instructions for administration requirements for medicines

  3. Recognise possible changes in condition of the client through observation or as described by the client

  4. Report any obvious changes in client's condition as listed in the Range Statement before, during and after self-medication to a supervisor and / or health professional so remedial action can be taken

  5. Discuss the self-medication process with the client

  6. Negotiate the physical assistance that can be provided

  7. Demonstrate communication and documentation skills

  8. Demonstrate skills in verbally reporting relevant details by telephone or face to face

Essential knowledge:

Method of assessment may include:

Context of assessment:

  1. This unit must be assessed in the workplace under the normal range of work conditions. Assessment must be conducted on more than one occasion to cover a variety of circumstances.