by Nurse Jamie Daniel
May is Medication month! Over the last couple of weeks, Nurse Jamie is has provided us with some info, some stories, and some practical tips on medication and assisting with medications for our clients.
Click here for the first post and second post of this month! Read on for part three: Q&A of Medication May!
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Below is some Medication Month Q&A! If you have any other Medication related questions that are not answered here, feel free to leave a comment below with your questions and Nurse Jamie will answer them in the comments!
What if my client takes medications at day program, during alone time or on a weekend trip?
Some of our clients have alarms or phone call services which assist clients in taking their medications at the right time. When you come onto shift, ask the client if he took his medications. Check his pillbox to see if the correct slot is appropriately empty. If a parent is dropping him off, check in with the parent. Mark the day and time slot with “N/S” on the Medication Tracking Record.
What qualifies as Natural Support?
The client may be alone, with a friend or with a family member. It is a time when Compass is not present. If the client is at a day program, you would write or sign on QS Med “D/P.” You are able to sign off on N/S or D/P before the client leaves.
Why write “N/S” and not my initials like other medication documentation?
You only ever sign your initials when you have checked the 6 Rights of Medication Administration and observed the client taking the medications. When you sign your initials in the box for 1 tab of 20mg of Lipitor at 9am on May 5th, you are stating you ensured the client received 1 tab of 20mg of Lipitor at 9am on May 5th. Initials say you verified that specific medication. If you did not check the 6 Rights and did not observe the client because you were not there, you cannot sign your initials. However, we must have appropriate documentation to show the client received his/her medications so N/S and D/P help us.