Medication Administration

What should you do if the patient states that he doesn't take the medication you are about to give him?

Insist that he take it anyway. Tell the patient you will check the practitioner's order after he takes the medication. Withhold the medication and double check the order. Call the practitioner to clarify the order.

What information should you include when documenting medication administration?

Route Patient's age Pharmacist's name Patient's room number

What is the most common type of medical errors?

Drug errors Dressing errors Documentation errors Identification errors

Which administration route has the most medication errors?

Oral route Topical route Intravenous route Subcutaneous route

What is the safest route of medication administration?

Oral route Intravenous route Intramuscular route Subcutaneous route

You are preparing to administer an oral medication to a patient who has trouble swallowing pills. What should you use to help him swallow the pill?

Orange juice Bread Chicken broth Applesauce

What action is contraindicated when administering heparin subcutaneously?

Aspirate for blood Massage the site Pinch the skin Document the injection

What intramuscular injection site is most commonly used for children younger than age 3?

Deltoid Dorsogluteal Vastus lateralis Ventral gluteal

What is one benefit of intravenous medication administration compared to oral medication administration?

Decreased cost Ease of administration Fewer complications Rapid onset of action

How often should you check a continuous intravenous infusion?

At least every 2 hours At least every 4 hours At least every shift At least daily