Medication Administration

Steps on how to give medications the correct way for every way you can give them is the focus of this chapter on the web. You will learn the usual techniques of giving medications by mouth and injection and what to do if you need to give something down a tube or between the cheek and gum or any other way prescribed. You’ll also learn any special precautions you need to know and warnings about mixing medications or storage of equipment if there’s a risk.

Giving intravenous medications at home doesn’t happen often but is becoming more popular; therefore, much information is available on IV medication and total parental nutrition (TPN). However, TPN can be dangerous if given incorrectly. Most companies have a resource on call for these products for emergencies, call them first; however, if you cannot get to them, use this site as a backup.

Giving Medications

Video Demonstrations of Medication Administration Techniques –YouTube Video Resources Knowing how to give medications correctly is essential knowledge for every caregiver. Most of us think we know all we need to know about giving medicine because we have been taking it all our lives, but when you start caregiving, you find that’s false. As a […]

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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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