Difficulties in administration

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Medication Administration Challenges and Overdose Prevention

Difficulties in Administration

  • If the prescribed drug cannot be given via the advised route, it must not be administered in any other way. Nasal administration may be used as a last resort if stated in the care plan.
  • The person will still need medical intervention, so it is essential to call ‘999’ or ‘112’ for emergency services and request an ambulance.
  • Consider the types of difficulties you may encounter during administration.

Consequences of Too Much Medication

If staff are appropriately trained in medication administration, follow the person’s care plan, and are aware of when the person last had the medication, the potential for overdose should be minimal.

If an overdose is suspected, immediate medical attention is required. You must call ‘999’ for emergency assistance.