Pharmacology- Relevance to professional practice


What Legislation applies to medication management?

Medicines Act 1968

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 

Misuse of Drugs (safe Custody) act 1973

Safe and Secure Hangling of Medicines Act 2005

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What does the NMC say about medication management?

”As a professional, you are personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and must always be able to justify your decisions”.

“You must deliver care based on the best available evidence or best practice”.

“You must keep your knowledge and skills up to date throughout your working life”. 

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NMC standards for Medicines Management

" The administration of medicines is an importnat aspect of the professional practice of persons whos names are on the councils register"

"It is not solely a machanisic tast to be performed in stricks compliance with the written prescription of a medical practitioner"

"It requites thought and the exercise of professional Jugment..."

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What does Standard 8 say about Administration?

As a registrant: 

"you must know the therapeutic uses of the medicine to be asministered, its normal dosage, side effects, precautions and contra-indications"

"you must asminister or withhold in the context of the patients condition"

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Standards for pre-registration Nurses 2010:

  • People can trust the newly registered graduate nurse to ensure safe and effective practice in medicines management through comprehensive knowledge of medicines, their actions, risks and benefits.

  • Applies knowledge of basic pharmacology, how medicines act and interact in the systems of the body, and their therapeutic action. 

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Preventing errors: the 5 Rs:

The Right Patient

The Right Drug 

The Right Does 

The Right Route 

The Right Time

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