The unit is HLTHPS006 Assist Clients with Medication.
A summary of the knowledge and skills to be covered in the course includes legislation, regulations, codes of practice and workplace policies, including:
- standard and additional infection control precautions
- roles and responsibilities of those involved in medication administration and limitations of own role in only providing assistance
- basic medication terminology
Forms of medication, and how they are handled, administered and stored, including:
- characteristics of at least 10 commonly used medications in the area of work, including prescribed and over the counter medications including
- expected effects and potential reactions
- contraindications for use
- consequences of incorrect use
- storage requirements
- disposal requirements
- documentation requirements for the administration of medication
- potential impacts of errors and reasons for error medication charts, their role and procedures for use
Skills must be demonstrated in the workplace unless state or territory legislation prevents this from occurring. The Learner must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in the performance criteria of this national unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the Learner has:
Provided assistance with medication:
- to at least 5 different clients according to their care plans.
- with at least 5 different types of medications.
- used at least 3 different modes of administration.
Consistently adhered to procedures and regulatory requirements for assisting with medication, including:
- checked the care plan and confirming details
- checked medication, including expiry dates and dosage instructions
- confirmed client identity
- calculated correct dosage
- conducted pre and post administration client checks
- cleaned equipment and disposed and stored medications according to organisation procedures completed accurate documentation.