The Medication Training Company
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I’ve been a pharmacist for 25 years working across all sectors: hospital, community, pharmaceutical companies and academia. I spent several years in my last role as Consultant Pharmacist in Social Care at Brighton and Hove NHS PCT and Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton.
During this time, it became clear that much of what passed medication training involved staff sitting through slide-shows or being talked at by someone in front of a flip chart.
But think of a course you attended last year… what was on the 5th slide, 2nd bullet point down? Surely medicines administration is too important for a “tick box” approach.
My formal teacher training at the university made me realise there was a better way: focus on competency.
Administering medication is a practical skill. It needs close attention to detail and practise to get right. Strip out the theory, write it down, and give this to staff as a permanent reference for them to refer to. Then make the training practical, teach staff to administer medication by actually having them do this, rather than just talk about it. So that’s what I did.
A practical face-to-face workshop teaching how to manage and treat a seizure with rescue medicines such as buccal midazolam. Learners have their competence individually assessed by an experienced pharmacists or nurse. Theory is studied using video, case studies, discussion and a comprehensive workbook provided on the day.
- What causes seizures?
- Different types of seizure
- Individual healthcare plans for epilepsy
- What are auras?
- Risks from seizures
- Risk assessing for people with epilepsy
- The psychological, social, and effects on learning epilepsy can have
- Learning disabilities and epilepsy
- Seizure triggers
- Photosensitive epilepsy
- Exercise and physical activity in epilepsy
- Treating epilepsy
- Emergency medication for epilepsy
- Storing emergency medication for epilepsy
- How is rescue medication given
- Side effects of rescue medication
- How quickly does rescue medication take to work?
- Post seizure management
- What to do if the seizure still doesn’t stop
- When to call an ambulance?
- When the seizure ends – record keeping
- Understand types of seizure (video clips)
- Individual care plans and seizure record diaries
- Demonstrate how to provide first aid during a seizure
- Demonstrate how to prepare the correct dosage of Epistatus
- Demonstrate when to give midazolam
- Demonstrate how to administer midazolam (Buccolam and Epistatus) to an individual
- Explain what vitals to check after giving midazolam and what side effects to look or
- Demonstrate how to place an individual in the recovery position (if required)
- Demonstrate how to monitor for side effects after administering midazolam
- Demonstrate how to record the administration of midazolam
We assess knowledge with an assessment on the day. We will assess your individual competency to administer buccal midazolam on the face to face workshop.
Who is this course for?
Staff in all health and social care settings, transport staff and schools.
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