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Preparing and Administering Medication

Terms in this set (45)

1. Know the policies of your office regarding the administration of medication.
2. Give only the medications that the physician has ordered in writing. Do not accept verbal orders.
3. Check with the physician if you have any doubts about a medication or an order.
4. Avoid conversation and other distractions while preparing and administering medications.
6. Check the label when taking the medications from the shelf, when preparing it, and when replacing it on the shelf or disposing of the empty container.
7. Place the order and the medication side by side to compare for accuracy.
8. Check the strength of the medication and the route of administration.
9. Read labels carefully.
10. Check the patient's medical record for allergies.
11. Check the medication's expiration date.
12. Be alert for color changes, precipitation, odor, or any indication that the medication's properties have changed.
13. Measure exactly.
14. Have sharps containers as close to the area as possible.
15. Put on gloves for all procedures that might result in contact with blood or body fluids.
16. Stay with the patient while he or she takes oral medications.
17. Never return the medication to the container after it is poured or removed.
18. Never recap, bend, or break a used needle.
19. Never give a medication poured or drawn up by someone else.
20. Never leave the medication cabinet unlocked when not in use.
21. Never give keys to the medicine cabinet to an unauthorized person.
22. Never document mediation given by someone else, and do not ask someone else to document medication that you have administered.