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Medications commonly administered by the EMT.
- Oral Glucose
- Activated Charcoal
Medications prescribed for the patient that the EMT may administer or assist the patient with administering.
- Inhaled Bronchodilator - Metered-Dose Inhaler; Small-Volume Nebulizer
Four different names of a medication, or drug.
What are the different routes of Administration?
- Intramuscular injection
What are the different forms of medications?
- Compressed powder or tablet
- Liquid for injection
- Fine powder for inhalation
- Small-volume nebulizer
What are indications for a medication?
The common reasons for using a medication to treat a specific condition.
What are contraindications for a medication?
Situations in which a medication should not be used.
The route and form by which a drug is given.
Define mechanisim of action.
How the drug works to create its effect on the body.
Define side effects.
The undesired effects of a medication.
What are the 5 "rights" of medication administration?
- right patient
- right medication
- right route
- right dose
- right date
What are the key steps in administering medications?
- Obtain an order from medical direction
- Select the proper medication
- Verify the patient's prescription
- Check the expiration date
- Check for discoloration or impurities
- Verify the form, route & dose
What do you reassess following medication administration?
- Mental status
- Patency of airway
- Breathing rate & quality
- Pulse rate & quality
- Skin color, temp, condition
- Blood Pressure
- Change or relief of patient's complaints
- Medication side effects
- Imporvement or deterioration in patient condition following medication admin.