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2015 Nurse’s Drug Handbook 14th Edition

2015 Nurse’s Drug Handbook 14th Edition PDF

2015 Nurse’s Drug Handbook 14th Edition PDF
A systematic approach to nursing care, the nursing process helps guide you as you develop, implement, and evaluate your care and ensures that you’ll deliver safe, consistent, and effective drug therapy to your patients. The nursing process consists of five steps, including assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Even though documentation is not a step in the nursing process, you’re legally and professionally responsible for documenting all aspects of your care before, during, and after drug administration. Assessment The first step in the nursing process, assessment involves gathering information that’s essential to guide your patient’s drug therapy. This information includes the patient’s drug history, present drug use, allergies, medical history, and physical examination findings.
Assessment is an ongoing process that serves as a baseline against which to compare any changes in your patient’s condition; it’s also the basis for developing and individualizing your patient’s plan of care. DRUG HISTORY The patient’s drug history is critical in your planning of drug-related care. Ask about his previous use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs as well as herbal remedies. For each drug, determine: • the reason the patient took it • the prescribed dosage • the administration route • the frequency of administration • the duration of the drug therapy • any adverse reactions the patient may have experienced and how he handled them. Also determine if the patient has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Depending on his physical and emotional state, you may need to obtain the drug history from other sources, such as family members, friends, other caregivers, and the medical record.