Are there any circumstances where covert administration of drugs is acceptable? What do you think?
The NMC Standards for Medicines Management state: “As a general principle, by disguising medication in food or drink, the patient is being led to believe they are not receiving medication, when in fact they are. The NMC would not consider this to be good practice. The registrant would need to be sure what they are doing is in the best interest of the patient, and that they are accountable for this decision”.
The issue is explored in the NMC “Advice on Covert administration of medicines: Disguising medicine in food and drink”