The use of medication

Course:- first aid & emergency

Institute:- (B.S.H.T) Zaria

Instructor:- Mlm daddy


In first aid, administering medication is largely confined to relieving general aches and pains. It usually involves helping a casualty take his own medicines. A variety of medications can be bought without a doctor’s prescription. However, you must not buy or borrow medication to administer to a casualty, or give your own. If you advise the casualty to take any medication other than that stipulated in this manual, he may be put at risk and you could face legal action as a consequence. Whenever a casualty takes medication, it is essential to make sure that:

■It is for the condition

■It is not out of date

■It is taken as advised

■Any precautions are strictly followed

■The recommended dose is not exceeded

■You keep a record of the name and dose of the medication as well as the time and

method of administration


Aspirin should never be given to anyone under the age of 16 years because there is risk of a rare condition called Reye’s syndrome.