The traditional method of giving medicines to patients in hospital involved nurses preparing patients' medicines from stocks on the ward and distributing them from a trolley. It has been estimated that up to 40% of nurses time in hospitals is taken up with the administration of medicines.
However, the increasing number and complexity of medicines means that this system can no longer support safe or efficient medicines administration.
The principles underlying self administration are that patients should be as independent as possible, should participate in their own care thereby increasing patient responsibility and autonomy during the course of their admission, make decisions about their treatment in partnership with nursing and medical staff, and therefore be able to make informed choices.
However, different patient groups, such as people with mental health issues, have individual needs and risks. Therefore, self administration schemes should operate in the context of national and local policies on medicines use. Patient involvement in self administration of medication assists the rehabilitation process and is believed to promote improved patient satisfaction. Self administration of medicines is one component of a medicines management system that could include medication review, use of patients own medicines, medicines reconciliation.
NB This Policy should be read in conjunction with all Medicines Management Policies, particularly the Trust Medicines Code and Trust Formulary
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