Nursing Tips

Herbal supplements can interact with medications! Garlic, Gingko Biloba, and Ginger increase a patient's bleeding risk with aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin.

Drug Interactions: Herbal Supplements

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Herbal supplements can interact with medications! Garlic, Gingko Biloba, and Ginger increase a patient's bleeding risk with aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin.

Drug Interactions: Herbal Supplements

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Herbal supplements can interact with medications! Garlic, Gingko Biloba, and Ginger increase a patient's bleeding risk with aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin.

Time-critical scheduled medications (e.g., antibiotics) need to be given within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled time.

Time-critical scheduled medications

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Time-critical scheduled medications (e.g., antibiotics) need to be given within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled time.

Time-critical scheduled medications

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Time-critical scheduled medications (e.g., antibiotics) need to be given within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled time.

QD or Q.D. is an abbreviation meaning "daily."

QD & Q.D.: Error-Prone Abbreviations

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QD or Q.D. is an abbreviation meaning "daily." However, it is an error-prone abbreviation as it may be confused with QOD (every other day) or QID (four times a day). Instead,...

QD & Q.D.: Error-Prone Abbreviations

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QD or Q.D. is an abbreviation meaning "daily." However, it is an error-prone abbreviation as it may be confused with QOD (every other day) or QID (four times a day). Instead,...

A medication's half-life is the amount of time it takes for the amount of medication in the body to be reduced by 50%.

Medication Half-life

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A medication's half-life is the amount of time it takes for the amount of medication in the body to be reduced by 50%.

Medication Half-life

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A medication's half-life is the amount of time it takes for the amount of medication in the body to be reduced by 50%.

A medication reconciliation is the process of compiling a complete and up-to-date list of medications a patient has been taking at home (including over-the-counter and herbal supplements) and comparing it with the provider's orders.

Medication Reconciliation

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A medication reconciliation is the process of compiling a complete and up-to-date list of medications a patient has been taking at home (including over-the-counter and herbal supplements) and comparing it...

Medication Reconciliation

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A medication reconciliation is the process of compiling a complete and up-to-date list of medications a patient has been taking at home (including over-the-counter and herbal supplements) and comparing it...

A dry powder inhaler (DPI) does not require the patient to shake the device or use a spacer. Instead, the patient should breathe in rapidly and deeply to move the dry powder fully into the lungs.

Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI)

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A dry powder inhaler (DPI) does not require the patient to shake the device or use a spacer. Instead, the patient should breathe in rapidly and deeply to move the...

Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI)

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A dry powder inhaler (DPI) does not require the patient to shake the device or use a spacer. Instead, the patient should breathe in rapidly and deeply to move the...

For intramuscular injections under 1 year old, use vastus lateralis muscle!

Injections for infants

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For intramuscular injections under 1 year old, use vastus lateralis muscle!

Injections for infants

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For intramuscular injections under 1 year old, use vastus lateralis muscle!

Administration Set Priming for Blood Transfusion

Administration Set Priming for Blood Transfusion

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For blood transfusion, prime the administration set with 0.9% NaCl ONLY.

Administration Set Priming for Blood Transfusion

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For blood transfusion, prime the administration set with 0.9% NaCl ONLY.

Do NOT administer any medications through a patient's parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) IV line! You need to use a separate line.

Medications in Nutrition IV Line

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Do NOT administer any medications through a patient's parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) IV line! You need to use a separate line.

Medications in Nutrition IV Line

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Do NOT administer any medications through a patient's parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) IV line! You need to use a separate line.

Best practices for telephone orders: Have second RN listen in on call. Repeat prescription back. Have provider sign prescription within 24 hr.

Telephone Orders

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Best practices for telephone orders

Telephone Orders

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Best practices for telephone orders

For enteral feeding tubes (Nasogastric tubes, G-tubes): Flush tubing with 15-30ml of water before, after, and in between medications

Enteral feeding tubes

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For enteral feeding tubes, flush tubing with 15-30ml of water before, after, and in between medications

Enteral feeding tubes

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For enteral feeding tubes, flush tubing with 15-30ml of water before, after, and in between medications

Unavailable Parenteral Nutrition

Unavailable Parenteral Nutrition

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If your patient's next parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) line is unavailable, administer 10-20% dextrose in water until it arrives!

Unavailable Parenteral Nutrition

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If your patient's next parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) line is unavailable, administer 10-20% dextrose in water until it arrives!

Z-Track Method

Z-Track Method

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When administering iron dextran via IM injection, use the Z-track method!

Z-Track Method

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When administering iron dextran via IM injection, use the Z-track method!