Nursing Process: Implementation (Pt Education)
What should the patient know?
- Drug name
- Dosage size
- Schedule of administration
- Technique (route) of administration
- Duration of drug use
- Drug storage: Sunlight, temp, child access, humidity are all concerns, ie amber container=light deterioration. Clear=not light sensitive.
- Drug disposal? Every CO county has a drug disposal day and location. Most pharmacies will disposal as well. Can also be crushed, mixed with cat litter, placed in plastic bag, and thrown away.
- Contact Person: Inform the pt who they need to call if they suspect a problem with the Rx. (Dr., advice nurse, pharmacist, etc)
- Promoting Therapeutic Effects
- Patient should know when the medication will work and how it will work
- Tell them when to contact Health care provider
- Teach non-drug measures to promote drug effectiveness
- There is a Zen to giving drugs. Pt. will respond better to assurances than basic info?
Minimizing Adverse Effects
- Potential adverse effects: Pt. needs to know because he/she needs to know what is normal for this drug.
- drug-drug interactions:
- drug-food interactions: Grapefruit juice!
- When to notify Health care provider