Safe Administration of Medications

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Task Descriрtion: This assessment item enables уou to demonstrate your understanding of:

1. the regulation of medications in Australia;

2. the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;

3. the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals involved in the medication cycle;

4. the factors that contribute to medication errors (and near-miss incidents), and possible strategies.

Structure and Format The workbook should be completed as a word document and presented in accordance with the Assignment Presentation Formatting Guidelines (which can be accessed via the Health Writing and Referencing Guide -also on the left hand tab menu). Please include each of the questions as a heading, and they will not be included in the word count. You are reminded that each answer must be structured so that if conforms with requirements of academic writing. This will require appropriately structured paragraphs, rather than dot points. No introduction or conclusion required. Please refer to the Health Writing and Referencing guide for further information.

Submission: Electronic submission via Turnitin (see below)

Electronic Coversheet: see below

workbook FAQ

Indenting: Please indent the first line of each paragraph. See example below and note the in text citation format:

A peripherally inserted central catheter is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time (Opilla, 2017). These intravenous devices, inserted into the superior vena cava, are frequently used to deliver parenteral nutrition to patients in intensive care units (Opilla, 2017).

Workbook structure:

1. Electronic coversheet is to be used (available in the Assessment #2 folder)

2. Title page: The first page of your workbook should be a title page which includes the course code and name, the assessment number, your name, student number, campus, convenor, word count

3. Include page numbers

4. No introduction or conclusion required for the questions or entire workbook

5. Reference list, not a bibliography is required (last page)

6. We suggest you identify the question number first, then include your answer below (the questions are not included in the word count):

Q 1: write the question out in full (or just identify it as Q1.)

Your written response

Q 2 a: write the question out in full (or just identify it as Q 2 a.)

Your written response

Q 2 b: write the question out in full (or just identify it as Q 2 b.)

Your written response

*******Word count:********

1. The word count for each question varies. Word allocations cannot be transferred from one question to another (this is stated on the assessment task sheet). For example, if you answer Q1 in 130 words (not the 150 words allocated), you cannot transfer the unused 20 words to another question.

2. The in text citations ARE included in the word count

3. The reference list is NOT included in the word count

4. The questions are NOT included in the word count

Responding to questions: Do not write in broad statements. If the marker has to ‘guess’ what you mean in your answers, then you have not answered the question. Provide details to demonstrate your understanding of the questions. Also, use examples to demonstrate your knowledge. See below:

Broad statement:

A peripherally inserted central catheter is used to deliver parenteral nutrition to ICU patients (Opilla, 2017).

Detailed:

A peripherally inserted central catheter is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time (Opilla, 2017). These intravenous devices, inserted into the superior vena cava, are frequently used to deliver parenteral nutrition to patients in intensive care units (Opilla, 2017). Parenteral nutrition allows sick patients to receive their required daily nutrients (Opilla, 2017).

Writing:

Please correctly structure each answer using academic writing conventions (correct grammar, spelling, referencing, and sentence and paragraph structure).

Please do not use dot points (Q 5 b asks you to ‘list 2 specific areas of patient education’, please construct your response in a sentence format.

References:

1. Do not reference the lecture notes

2. You are encouraged to use references that are more than five year old. The reason being, there is little recent published literature on the subject medication errors

3. We want you to use seminal work (James Reason, 1990)

4. Number of references: 10

5. Provide a reference list (those sources cited in your workbook), not a bibliography (sources you have read and cited)

Definitions of the assessment ‘directive words’

OUTLINE: A general description or plan showing the essential features of something but not the detail.

EXPLAIN: Make clear; interpret; make plain; tell “how” to do; tell the meaning of. Explain how humans can, at times, trigger a full-scale rainstorm.
DEFINE: Give the meaning of a word or concept; place it in the class to which it belongs and set it off from other items in the same class. Define the term “archetype.”
IDENTIFY: establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is.
DESCRIBE: give a detailed account in words of.

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