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  • Introduce yourself and confirm the client's ID.

  • Assess for allergies and other considerations such as vomiting, NPO status, current vitals and labs.

  • Wash your hands.

  • You should know: why the client is receiving the medication; the drug's classification...

  • ...usual range of dose; contraindications; side effects; and other nursing considerations for the meds you will be giving...

  • ...such as lab values and vital signs.

  • Check the med administration record for the drug's name, dose, frequency, route, expiration of the order and of the medication.

  • Place the packaged unit dose directly into the medicine cups.

  • Do not removed the medication from the package until you are at the bedside.

  • Use a separate cup for narcotics and medications that require a specific assessment such as vital signs.

  • This will remind you to complete the assessment before determining whether or not to give those meds.

  • Create privacy.

  • Once again, confirm client ID.

  • Provide information on the medications you will be giving: the name; possible side effects; and contraindications.

  • Assess patient's knowledge of medication and perform other assessments indicated by that specific med.

  • If swallowing is difficult, crush the medication into a fine powder with a pill crusher.

  • Then, mix the powder with a small amount of food such as applesauce.

  • Some meds, such as time release or enteric coated tablets, should not be crushed.

  • Observe your client swallowing the medication and document, including patient tolerance.

Introduce yourself and confirm the client's ID.

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PO Medications - Registered Nurse Training

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    yuri   posted on 2017/04/07
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