Protocols for safe administration of medication in state schools.
Schools ensure reasonable care is taken to minimise harm to students when administering medications at school. The staff member responsible for administrating medication is required to ensure that:
Infection control guidelines are followed i.e. hand washing, disposable cups used for administration of medication
a two person check is undertaken whenever possible e.g. administration of insulin following Blood Glucose Level reading
the ‘Five Rights of Medication Administration’ are followed
they are aware of:
Common medication side affects.
Some medical conditions require exclusion
from school or child care to prevent
the spread of infectious diseases among staff and children. This poster
provides information on the recommended minimum exclusion periods for infectious conditions and will assist
medical practitioners, schools, pre-schools and child care centres to meet the requirements of the Public Health Act 2005
Five Rights of Medication Administration
1. Right person
2. Right Drug
when the drug is taken from the cupboard
before the drug is put into a medicine cup or similar receptacle prior to handing it to the student
again as the container is returned to the cupboard.
3. Right Dose
4. Right Time
Medications are designed to be given with specific intervals between doses to ensure consistent therapeutic blood levels. If given at different times other than ordered, the drug may be less effective or may cause side effects.
Often medication instructions are provided in medical terms. Seek clarification as to the time of day medication should be administered, and ensure it is administered at the prescribed times.
5. Right Route
Medications have specific Routes of Administration
Check the instructions prior to administration, e.g. to be taken with food.
Ensure all oral medications have been swallowed.