This week’s Tuesday Tip is in response to one of the most common questions we are asked:
What are the regulations/best practice in an RCFE for the administration of morphine to residents who are able to assist and to those who are not able to assist (ex. bedridden hospice resident)?
Here are the options in this situation:
If the resident can participate in self-administration with assistance:
If the resident CANNOT participate in self-administration with assistance:
The medication must be administered by a licensed medical professional, or if the resident is on hospice by a family member or friend who is trained by the hospice agency.
These requirements actually apply to most medications, not just morphine.