Nu141 Medication Teaching Plan

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Medication Administration Teaching Plan NU1425: Pharmacology Tanesha Welch ITT-Technical Institute Medications are used to diagnose, treat, or prevent illness. Medication can potentially be harmful to a patient without proper knowledge as well as teachings and understanding of one’s diagnosis, medication and care plan. When medication is not handles properly it can be dangerous or even fatal to a patient, even if they are meant to improve one’s health. It is important to take any and all medications correctly. However if a patient does not understand the medication as well as administration, it is up to the nurse to promote and teach the patient. If a patient is unable to give themselves a required medication, a nurse is entitled…show more content…
Doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and a few other professionals i.e. (dentist, chiropractors, and phycologist) are trained in how to safely give you medication. Administration of medications requires understanding how the medication is entering your body also known as the route. There are multiple medication routes such as oral, sublegal, buccal, IV, IM, topical etc. Some routes may not be safe or effective due to certain health conditions. These conditions can affect the patient’s fluid balance (dehydration), an inability to swallow, or other factors. Proper preparation must be taken to prevent complications from the route of administration. For example, cleaning the skin and using sterile syringes when giving an injection via IV or IM it is important for preventing infection. It also requires knowledge of when the medication needs to be administered, possible side effects, and toxicity. Toxicity is determined by the safe ranges of…show more content…
It also involves observation of what happens afterward, during and before giving the patient medication. Professionals are trained to know how medications move through the body, what the side effect of the medication are, and what adverse effects may occur. Observing the patient limits times of adverse effects as well recognizing medication errors. Adverse effects are harmful or abnormal results of a medication. Adverse effects may include overdose of the drug, allergic reactions to the drug, and drug interactions between multiple drugs. Drug interaction can occur when a medication reacts with another medication that the patient is or has recently taken or have been prescribed. In this case it is extremely important that patients inform care providers with all medications he/she has taken if it is not already present in the medication history, as well as allergies to medications and

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