Name: ________________________________________
Date: _________________________________________
Procedure 54-2:
Administering Oral Medication
Objective: Administer oral medication.
Equipment and Supplies: Medication order signed by physician; oral medication; calibrated
paper cup or receptacle for medication; water in glass; patient instruction sheet; waste container;
pen
Affective Behaviors: Affective behaviors provide a professional approach to a skill that enhances
the patient encounter. These behaviors may also display sensitivity to a patient’s rights and
enhance communication. Pay close attention to these skills, which will be in bold, italicized font.
Skills Assessment Requirements
Read and familiarize yourself with the procedure. Complete each procedure within a reasonable
amount of time, with a minimum of 85% accuracy.
Documentation
Use the area below for any documentation needed to complete the procedure.
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Name: ________________________________________
Date: _________________________________________
POINT VALUE
= 3–6 points
= 7–9 points
GRADED
TRIAL
# 1
GRADED
TRIAL
# 2
NOTES
1. Assemble equipment.
2. Perform hand hygiene.
3. Select the correct medication
as instructed in the “three
befores.” If you are not familiar
with the medication, look it up
in a reference book, read the
package insert, and/or consult the
physician.
4. Always double-check the label
to make sure the strength is
correct, because medications
are manufactured with dierent
strengths.
5. Correctly calculate the dosage
in writing. Double-check your
calculations with someone else.
6. Place a medicine cup or container
on a flat surface.
7. Gently shake the medication if it is
in liquid form.
8. Hold the bottle so that the label
is in the palm of your hand to
prevent damaging the label with
liquid medication.
9. Recheck the label again.
10. Remove the cap from the
medicine container and place it
upside down on a clean surface.
This will keep the inside of the cap
clean, which can then be replaced
on the bottle.
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Name: ________________________________________
Date: _________________________________________
POINT VALUE
= 3–6 points
= 7–9 points
GRADED
TRIAL
# 1
GRADED
TRIAL
# 2
NOTES
11. a. Liquid medication: Hold the
calibrated medicine cup at eye
level and pour the medication
into the cup, stopping at the
correct dosage line. Pour the
medication away from the label
side of the bottle. If too much
medication is poured into the
calibrated cup, do not return it
to the bottle. Discard it into a
sink.
b. Tablet or capsule medication:
Shake out the correct number
of tablets or pills into the
bottle cap. Then place them
in the medicine cup. If you
accidentally pour out an extra
tablet, do not return it to the
medication bottle; discard it.
12. Check the medication again to
make sure the dosage is the same
as the medication order.
13. Replace the cap on the
medication bottle and return the
bottle to the storage shelf.
14. Take the prepared medication and
a glass of water to the patient.
15. Warmly greet and identify the
patient both by stating his or
her name and examining any
printed identification such as
a wrist name band or medical
record, and ask the patient to
state his or her date of birth.
Introduce yourself to the patient
and ask if the patient has any
allergies.
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Name: ________________________________________
Date: _________________________________________
POINT VALUE
= 3–6 points
= 7–9 points
GRADED
TRIAL
# 1
GRADED
TRIAL
# 2
NOTES
16. Tell the patient the name of the
medication and dosage that
you are administering per the
physician’s order. Ask if the
patient has any questions before
taking the medication.
17. Remain with the patient until the
medication has been swallowed.
18. Provide the patient with written
follow-up instructions if further
medication is to be taken.
19. Chart the medication
administration on the correct
patient’s record, noting the time,
medication name, dosage, route
(oral procedure), and your name.
After giving the medication to
the patient, it is best to have the
patient wait in the oce for 30
minutes.
GRADING
Points Earned
Points Possible 153 153
Percent Grade (Points Earned/
Points Possible)
PASS: YES
NO
N/A
YES
NO
N/A
Instructor Sign-O
Instructor: ______________________________________________ Date: _________________________
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