The Virtual Medicines Round
This medication training online module fulfills the requirement from CQC and NICE for staff to have an annual update of the skills and knowledge required to administer medicines.
One of the main problems with medicines administration is complacency. Staff soon learn which medicines a person has, what they look like, and where they are kept. They give the same doses as previously given without checking the label properly. When doses change, or they pick up the wrong medicines (with a similar looking container) mistakes occur.
This is termed ‘giving medication from memory’ and is identified as a major cause of medication error (Barber N et al (2009) CHUMs Study. Qual Saf Health Care. 18: 341-346).