Administration of Tablets or Capsules

  • Check consent – ask the client if they are ready to take their medication
  • Prepare a drink of water
  • Transfer the correct number of tablets into a clean container without touching them
  • Ensure client is upright and comfortable
  • Hand the client the container and drink/ support the client with how they take their medicines
  • Ask the client to take a drink
  • Ask the client to put the medication in the middle of their tongue and swallow with remaining drink, with their chin slightly down
  • Ensure dose has been swallowed before signing the MAR chart – ask if they are ok
  • Encourage the client to finish the drink
  • If the client cannot take medication themselves, use a spoon not your hand
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