Medication Administration in the Correctional Setting
Contact Hours: 1
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An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health professionals, and other interested individuals.
Administering medication is one of the most important … and one of the most risky...health care processes in corrections. Frequent legal and licensure issues surrounding medication possession and administration make this a nursing process of significant concern. Due to the secure environment of a correctional setting and the limited movement of the patient population, medications are administered through several processes. All standard administration principles still apply in the correctional setting but additional concerns must also be managed.
This course provides an overview of three key process for medication administration in a correctional setting along with safety tips and special issues.
After participating in this educational session, you will be able to:
Describe standard principles of medication safety in correctional settings for direct observation, prepackaged, and keep-on-person administration processes.
Explain staff safety concerns when administering medication in the correctional setting.
Outline special issues in medication administration in a correctional setting.
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Direct Observation Therapy (DOT)
Patient Safety Tips
Final Tip to Save Your License
No Show for Pill Line
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Interpreting Medication Orders
Chapter 2 Check Point
Chapter 3 – Prepackaged and Keep-on-Person Medication
Prepackaged/Pre-poured Safety Tips
Keep-on-Person Safety Tips
Chapter 3 Check Point
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Example Policy – Keep on Person Medications
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Example Policy – Inmate Self Medication
Chapter 4 – Special Issues in Corrections
The Medication Timing Challenge
Verbal and Telephone Orders
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: The Correct Way to Take a Telephone Order
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Improving the Safety of Verbal Orders
Chapter 4 Check Point