Medication Supervision

All caregivers assist with giving medications in some format when they provide care to a family member. On the surface, giving medications seems simple, but it can be deadly if you’re not careful. Giving too much or too little medication can cause serious harm to someone. On the other hand, giving a medication the wrong way can cause it not to work or to work too quickly. Therefore, it is essential to understand what you give, why, how to give it, when, how much to give, and how often.
Furthermore, some medications are highly sensitive and carefully administered. For example, drugs like insulin and heparin act quickly, and small mistakes can have serious consequences. Therefore, caregivers must be alert and pay attention whenever administering medications.

Medication Basics

How is a Medication Dosage Determined? The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) determines the dosing of medication needed to treat a condition based on clinical research. After completing years of clinical trials documenting patient outcomes and drug safety, the FDA approves a drug’s release for use by the public. The drug is approved only to treat

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Parental Nutrition

Parental Nutrition (TPN) Some medical conditions prevent the body from absorbing nutrition through the GI tract. When that happens, the body cannot function properly without Parental Nutrition (PN) due to the effects of starvation. With starvation, tissues break down, wounds won’t heal, and the internal organs stop working properly. To prevent starvation’s effects, patients receive

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Managing Venous Catheters

Managing Venous Catheters   Managing Venous Catheters at Home Caregivers frequently receive responsibility for managing venous catheters (IVs) at home a few days before patient discharge from the hospital.  Whether the catheter enters the bloodstream from outside the body or internally using a long catheter that ends close to the heart, family caregivers receive training

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