Making Risky Business Safe


While medications contribute significantly to the health and well-being of an individual, they also have a potential to cause harm if not stored, checked, and administered safely. This training session explores the required safe practices related to each of these areas, to ensure medicines provided to the older person accomplishes the outcomes for which they were prescribed. Fundamental to safe medication administration is also recognising the responsibility of each member of the professional team involved with medicines and ensuring that appropriate communication occurs, especially when changes in the resident are observed or issues arise. In line with the organisation’s policy and procedures, the required documentation and reporting requirements are explored and practiced through different case studies incorporated within the education workshop.
Understanding the different ways medicine require to be administered as well as reviewing current individual practices to ensure that they are reflective of best practice is a key area of this education. In this area of the training the appropriate storage, security and expiry of medications are also discussed and reviewed.
Medication charts and associated documentation processes are looked at within this education including understanding of the medicine care plan and related documented information on medicine charts pertaining to medicine allergies and side effects and administration requirements.

Key topics include:
– The scope of practice of personal care workers in the administration of medications
– The roles and responsibilities responsibility of other members of the professional team involved with medicines.
– Ways to ensure safe and appropriate medication administration in aged care, including reading of medicine orders and chart areas to ensure understanding of required practices.
– How to safely administer medicines to a resident with a swallowing issue, including the risks associated with crushing medications.
– Infection control practices related to medication administration, including related cleaning practices and maintaining of medicine stocks in the medication trolley.
– Different modes of medication administration and how to safely administer these medicines in accordance with best practice.

Competency Assessment:
Included in this training is a range of competency assessment activities to assess both currency of skill and knowledge of the medicines as well as associated administration practices.
This includes:
– Completion of a written learning review workbook.
– Practical competency assessment of medicine administration, including from a DAA and for different medicine forms.
– Completion of case studies that require management of different medicine issues and resident needs and preferences.