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Medication Administration in Schools

Administering Medication in School

  • Where clinically possible, medicines should be prescribed in dose frequencies which enable them to be taken outside school hours.
  • Medicines should only be administered at school when it would be detrimental to a child’s health or school attendance not to do so.
  • Schools should only accept prescribed medicines that are in-date, labelled, provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include instructions for administration, dosage and storage. The exception to this is insulin which must still be in date, but will generally be available to schools inside an insulin pen or a pump, rather than in its original container.

Storage of Medication

  • All medicines should be stored safely. Children should know where their medicines are at all times and be able to access them immediately. Where relevant, they should know who holds the key to the storage facility.
  • Medicines and devices such as asthma inhalers, blood glucose testing meters and adrenaline pens should be 17 always readily available to children and not locked away. This is particularly important to consider when outside of school premises, eg on school trips

Recording of Medication Administration

School staff may administer a controlled drug to the child for whom it has been prescribed. Staff administering medicines should do so in accordance with the prescriber’s instructions.Schools should keep a record of all medicines administered to individual children, stating:
  • What, how and how much was administered, when and by whom.
  • Any side effects of the medication to be administered at school should be noted.

When no longer required, medicines should be returned to the parent to arrange for safe disposal. Sharps boxes should always be used for the disposal of needles and other sharps.

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