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CMA State Lecture Notes
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When administering oral medications your patient should be positioned in an
upright or sitting position known as high fowlers position.
Tablets or capsules may be easier to swallow if given in a teaspoon of pudding, jelly or applesauce if permitted on the participants diet. Never
trick the participant with disguising the medications.
If the participant has continued difficulty taking oral medications report this to the person in charge.
The physician may need to be consulted. Many medications are available in another form.
Charting a prn when an error has occurred
draw a line through the error an initial it.
When you have an order to give a medication that is enteric coated but you have available the medication as a plain aspirin
do not give and consult the charge nurse.
If you have a medication labeled 0.125 mg lanoxin to give but you have available Lanoxin 0.25mg. The CMA should
not give the medication. The dosage available to too big for what was ordered.
Transdermal medications are absorbed through
A resident information can only be shared with
the healthcare team directly involved in the patient care.
Storage of medication should be placed
liquids and pills in separate storage areas.
Narcotics should always be counted
in the beginning of shift and when passing the keys to another CMA when leaving for lunch.
Never accept keys without counting the cart. Why?
Because ultimately you are responsible for the cart if you fail to count.
Scheduled medication are meant to be given at
intervals such as QID(four times a day).
Scheduled medications are meant to either
deliver a dose of medication in a time frame that is related to a specific event, or to deliver in a manner that allows the body to maintain a fairly constant blood plasma level of the desired medication. I.E.: Coumadin for PT lab work.
Never store medications in
the same refrigerator with food.
If medications are not stored in in bubble packs for the pharmacy then the medication must
stay in their original containers.
Antipsychotics, such as Zyprexa and Risperdal, are used
to treat psychosis a mental condition.
Know when to
report to the nurse or EMS with side effects of medications.
The normal range for Blood pressure is
120/80. The systolic is the 120 and the 80 is the diastolic.
If the medication is unable to been seen due to liquid wasting on the label
don't give the medication. Notify the charge nurse and reorder the medication according to your facilities policy.
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