Undercover medication – the dangers

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Covert medication can put care home residents at significant risk. Community pharmacist Ian Strachan discusses issues of consent and alternatives to crushing tablets.| The covert administration of medication in food and drink has led to disciplinary action against medical and nursing staff. Yet in spite of concerns about this practice, a recent report has shown that it is still widespread in care homes and hospitals. Seventy-one per cent of nursing homes surveyed “sometimes resorted to concealing medicines in food or drink”. What are the potential consequences for the patient and the carer if medicines are given under cover? The new survey, which has drawn renewed attention to the hiding and crushing of medicines was conducted across 34 residential and nursing homes. Care staff were asked to complete a confidential questionnaire. According to the survey, the 71% admitting covert drug administration is likely to be an underestimate, since in three units which replied “never”, other staff commented that this h

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