Case Studies, Chapter 28, Medications , nursing
- You are a nurse caring for a 47-year-old patient who is homeless. He is admitted to your unit two to three times per year. His medical history includes diabetes mellitus (type 2), hypertension, and alcoholism. After extensive hygienic interventions (to decrease his body odor, wash his hair, and perform oral care), you complete your assessment and find that he is not in compliance with any of his dietary and medication instructions from his last admission. (Learning Objectives #4 & #5)
- Considering his history, what types of medications would you expect to be ordered?
- Outline the patient variables that could impact the action of these medications.
- Indicate the components of an acceptable medication order.
- Describe acceptable practice when nurses are ordered to dispense a medication with which they are unfamiliar.
- How would you identify that patient before dispensing his ordered medication?
- What measures would you take if the patient refused his oral medications because he didn’t like the taste?