Core 2: Medications

Core 2: Medications

Introduction

The Medications module seeks to orient medical students to the National Inpatient Medication Chart. It will run through the elements of the chart, and outline how to chart medications by route (IV vs PO), timing (BD vs TDS) and trigger (ie. PRN vs regular).

  • This module forms part of the Core Curriculum.
  • It requires little to no preparation.
  • It can be taught in 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Teaching This Topic

As with all modules, first familiarise yourself with The 9 Rules of STITCCH.

This module is based heavily on working through the chart itself. Each student should have copies of the chart, as they will be using it in charting exercises. Print out page 6 of the guide to use as a charting exercise. Also, the print out copies of the Australian Commission guide below as a handout at the end of the session.

This topic requires little to no preparation, a lot of this charting is second nature to you, but a lot of students actually don't know how to do it! Talk from experience, keep it a light and flexible session, and use stories from your experience to make it more relevant and engaging.

STITCCH Resources

Other Resources

  • KEY RESOURCE: Recommendations for Terminology, Abbreviations and Symbols used in the Prescribing and Administration of Medicines (linkSource: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.
  • National Inpatient Medication Chart (PDF) (linkA sample medication chart used in Australian Public Hospital, Source: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

Update History

1st Edition, 2 August 2016

Image Credits

Gatis Gributs via Flickr (link)

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