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MCN20 Receive and store medication for babies

Overview

This competence covers receiving and storing medications and products for babies in healthcare settings such as maternity units, neonatal units and paediatric wards. The medications and products for babies include those received from the parents of babies who have been prescribed medication prior to admission, as well as from the pharmacy. Checking and receiving medications and products from mothers in hospital with their babies is also an important aspect of the role especially in relation to those who are breastfeeding. The storage of medication includes stock rotation, maintaining suitable conditions and disposing of out of date stock. It does not include the storage of controlled drugs.

Users of this competence will need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to apply:

Legislation, policy and good practice

K1 A factual awareness of the current European and National legislation, national guidelines and local policies and protocols which affect your work practice in relation to receiving and storing medication and products

K2 A working understanding of your responsibilities and accountability in relation to the current European and National legislation and local policies and protocols

K3 A factual awareness of the importance of working within your sphere of competence and seeking advice when appropriate

K4 A working understanding of the importance of applying standard precautions and the potential consequences of poor practice

K5 A working understanding of the various methods of good practice and general hygiene in respect of yourself and storage facilities

K6 A working understanding of the different places and environmental conditions required for the storage of medication, including why some medications require special storage conditions and others do not

K7 A working understanding of the importance of not overfilling drug storage areas, including fridges to allow air to circulate freely

Materials and equipment

K8 A working understanding of some categories of medication such as "over the counter" and "prescription only"

K9 A working understanding of the types of problems which may occur during the storage of medication and the appropriate action to take

Procedures and techniques

K10 An in-depth understanding of the safe methods of handling medication and products

K11 An in-depth understanding of the procedures for the disposal of out of date, damaged or part used medication and the relevant record keeping

K12 A working understanding of the consequences of acting outside the limits of your role and competence

Reporting, recording and documentation

K13 A working understanding of the need to record information in connection with medication storage and security

K14 A working understanding of the importance of keeping full and accurate records and the consequences if this is not done

K15 A working understanding of the importance of immediately reporting any issues which are outside your own sphere of competence without delay to the relevant member of staff.

Performance Criteria

You need to:

1. apply standard precautions for infection control and take other appropriate health and safety measures

2. work within your remit and responsibility

3. ensure the parents understand the need to inform you of any medication and products they may have for the baby, and/or the mother's use whilst in hospital with the baby/ies

4. ensure the safety of the mother's and baby's medication and care by asking the parents to hand any medications and products over to you for reference to by other staff, and for safe storage

5. establish concordance with those involved in the care of the baby concerning medication plans for the baby

6. record all medication and products received from the parents in the appropriate documents

7. tell the parents what will happen to their medication and products

8. inform other relevant staff about the medication and products received from the parents prior to storage

9. check any stock you receive from the pharmacy against the appropriate documents and make the appropriate recordings

10. store all medication and products immediately in the appropriate place, in line with legal and organisational requirements and record all actions

11. ensure that storage conditions are correct for the type of medication and are in accordance with the manufacturers' recommendations

12. handle all medication safely in accordance with manufacturers' instructions and adhering to health and safety practices

13. monitor and rotate stock following agreed procedures and referring to the expiry dates of medications

14. dispose of out of date stock or unwanted stock in accordance with the legal and organisational requirements

15. inform the relevant staff if you identify a problem with the storage of medication or products and when stocks of medication and products are low and need replenishing

16. record all activities in the appropriate documents clearly and accurately, and store documents in the appropriate place.

Additional Information

This workforce competence is derived from CHS1 from the Clinical Healthcare Support competences developed by Skills for Health.
MCN20 Receive and store medication for babies
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