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What is a factor with teenagers regarding taking medications?
Getting them to be compliant with taking them
What parts should be included in a medication order?
Pt.'s first and last name, date and time of order, drug name-correctly spelled, correct dosage, route of giving medication, time and freq., the dr.'s name and your name and title.
When giving medications through a NG / G / J tube, what 2 things should the nurse do ?
Crush medications if they can be - but not enteric coated or those that should not be
Give lots of water before and after putting medications through tube
What are the legal implications of teaching patients about medications by a nurse?
The nurse is responsible for teaching their patients about their medications and for discharge planning!
What is a factor related to adults in taking medications?
$$$ / Economic factors
* Provide samples or seek help from social services to enable patients to comply with taking their meds.
When planning for giving your patient medicines, what are three things to keep in mind?
1. Organize your interventions to ensure the safe admin. of medications
2. Collaborate your patient teaching with family for support/reinforcement
3. Don't wait until the last day to begin teaching the pt. about their medications
What does "polypharmacy" mean ?
many drugs
When assessing a patient regarding their medications, what should the nurse know? [many things !]
What is the patient's need for and their potential response to drugs?
What is their medication hx?
Do they have drug allergies? what are their s/s when they take it?
Are they taking any OTC or home remedies? when?
What kind of diet do they have?
Do they like or dislike taking their medications?
Do they know what drugs they are taking now?
Are they physically able to give themselves their meds?
True or False: Patients should always use an spacer with their inhaler and should hold the end of the inhaler in their mouth.
False ! - Spacers are nice to have and the patient should *not* hold the end of the inhaler in their mouth
How can drugs be classified?
-by the symptom relieved by the drug
-by clinical indication
-by system(s) involved
What does "therapeutic effects" of a drug mean ?
the desired and intentional effects
When teaching a patient about the medications, what should the nurse know from the patient about their home medications?
What drugs the patient is taking, whether they are prescribed, OTC, home remedies; also know what is misuse, overuse, and non-compliance of the medications; also make sure that the patient knows the ins and outs of their own medications! Do they know if they are misusing or overusing their medications?
What should the nurse's interventions be centered on regarding medications?
Pt. & Family education - make sure that you have properly educated them so that they can take their medications safely
After the nurse has given the medications to the patient or has provided education to them, how should the nurse evaluate their intervention?
They need to evaluate the patient in reference to - will the patient be able to assume responsibility for their own safe care and medication administration?