Medication: Types, Safe Handling and Administration

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Allopathic (or ‘mainstream’) medicine treats diseases with drugs that could be potentially harmful or ineffective if not properly administered. It is essential that the health industry standardises the safe handling and administration of medication. This free medical health and safety course provides the knowledge required to safely administer drugs. We discuss the role of the government in establishing and maintaining the laws and policies that ensure that effective medicines are administered properly.


The course then traces the link between medical management and professional communication, which is essential to ensure that all healthcare professionals caring for a patient share the same information and that any potential problems associated with their care are resolved. Encouraging patients to take an active role in maintaining medication safety is one approach used to reduce incidents of medication error. Patient involvement can improve the health and quality of life of those in your care and lowers the risk of unintended harm.

We discuss the details of prescription medicine and examine the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HDs). We examine the record-keeping and audit processes, which are important in ensuring that procedures, care plans and medication management principles operate in accordance with policy. Finally, we investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the safe use of medication. This course provides you with technical skills that are critical for patients’ safety. Sign up for this patient safety course to learn how to safely prescribe and administer medical drugs without risking the health and wellbeing of those in your care.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Types of Drugs and their uses
  • Explain the importance of medication safety
  • Distinguish between policies and protocols in medicine administration
  • State the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the safe and secure handling of medicine
  • Discuss the importance of personal protective equipment when handling hazardous drugs
  • Describe the legal and practical documentation required for keeping track of medication
  • Explain how Covid-19 affects guidelines for safe medication administration

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