Task: Administration of mixture and tablet


ADMINISTRATION OF MIXTURE

Requirement on tray

  • Medication  
  • Bib or protective towel 
  • Napkin 
  • Medication cup 
  • Measuring cup  
  • Spoon 
  • Jug of water
  •  Cup 
  • Medication chart/treatment sheet/ patients folder

COMPONENT TASK

1. Identifies and checks for the right patient, right drug and right time, dose and route 
2. Establishes rapport, explains procedure to patient and sends tray to bedside
3. Identifies patient by mentioning the name and checks with treatment sheet. 
4. Reads and compares the label on the bottle with patient's treatment sheet 
5. Shakes the bottle well
6. Removes the cork and holds it with the little or ring finger, compares label on the bottle a second time with patient's treatment sheet 
7. Picks the medicine glass and with the thumb nail marks the level of the measure to be taken
8. Pours out the prescribed dose at eye level in bright light, holding the bottle with the label upper most 
9. Replaces the cork, reads the label a third time, compares with patient's treatment sheet and dose in the glass 
10. Carries medicine to the patient on a tray or saucer, a teaspoon may be added for stirring if it is a suspension 
11. Supervises patient to drink the medicine and serves water if necessary 
12. Congratulates patient and makes him comfortable in bed 
13. Discards tray, washes and dries hands 
14. Documents procedure and signs treatment sheet.

ADMINISTRATION OF TABLET 

REQUIREMENTS ON TRAY

A patient treatment chart and folder

  • Medication container containing patients’ medication
  •  Jug of water 
  • Cup 
  • A saucer and spoon / a medication cup 
  • Napkin 
  • Treatment chart

COMPONENT TASK

1. Identifies patient by mentioning the name and checks treatment sheet against doctors’ 
order.
2. Explain procedure to patient and sends tray to the bed side.
3. Check for the right patient, right drug, right time and right dose.Ensures patients right 
to know/consent and right to refuse.
4. Read the label on the container and compare with patients treatment sheet.
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5. Assesses patients’ condition and level of consciousness and checks vital signs where 
necessary. e.g. digoxin.
6. Remove lid of container, check label on container and compares with patients’ 
treatment sheet for the third time.
7. Pours out water into a drinking glass or cup.
8. Take the tablet with a spoon.
9. Gives the tablet to the patient and ensure that patient swallows it.
10. Congratulates patient and makes him comfortable in bed.
11. Discards tray, washes and dries hands.

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