HSC 375: Administer medication to individuals
Handout: Standard precautions
HSC 375 K4
Standard precautions for a wide range of activities have been developed by practitioners in response to years of research. They address the correct, safe way to administer medication to ensure the efficacy of the activity from both the recipient’s and practitioner’s view point. These precautions contribute to reducing stress, distress and discomfort for the recipient and try to achieve the objectives of the treatment in a reasonable time frame. Contra indications for treatments are factored in, as well as the awareness of potential side effects. In order to prevent infection, and injury it may be necessary for the worker to wear personal protective clothing (ppc).
It is vital to always adhere to standard precautions and procedures which will have been explained in training sessions. This protects the worker from claims of incompetence and also addresses the issue of vicarious liability. Although the learner will develop experience and some knowledge s/he can not advise on medication or deal with all queries about the efficacy of the medication. Any queries s/he has doubts about or have not been covered in training must be passed on to the lead practitioner.
Vicarious liability: This means that the employer is accountable for the standard of care delivered and responsible for employees working within areas of competence appropriate to their abilities. To remain covered by an employer's vicarious liability clause, an employee must only work within their abilities and sphere of assessed competence.
This will be initially highlighted in the Job description and then developed as the learner takes part in assessed education and training. Any doubts or queries can be addressed by questioning the practitioner either informally or in Professional Supervision.
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