Covert Medicine Administration v1.1
Covert medication is the administration of medicines in food or drink to a patient who lacks the capacity to consent to take the medications and is refusing to take them..
The treatment is proportionate to achieve the aim and must be in the patient’s best interests.
Covert administration must be reviewed weekly to ensure it remains necessary and in the patients best interests and that the patient continues to lack capacity for the decision to refuse medication.
Clinical GuidelinesThis guideline has been approved by the Trust's Clinical Guidelines Assessment Panel as an aid to the diagnosis and management of relevant patients and clinical circumstances. Not every patient or situation fits neatly into a standard guideline scenario and the guideline must be interpreted and applied in practice in the light of prevailing clinical circumstances, the diagnostic and treatment options available and the professional judgement, knowledge and expertise of relevant clinicians. It is advised that the rationale for any departure from relevant guidance should be documented in the patient's case notes.
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