Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses (13th Edition) by April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski

By April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski


Davis’s Drug consultant for Nurses®, 13th Edition offers the entire info you must administer medicines accurately around the lifespan—well-organized monographs for 1000's of established and hundreds of thousands of trade-name medicinal drugs.

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As you teach, encourage the patient and the family to ask questions. Providing feedback about medication questions will increase their understanding and help you identify areas that need reinforcement. Also, ask patients to repeat what you have said and return to demonstrate application or administration techniques. Stress the importance of concurrent therapies. Medications often are only a part of a recommended therapy. Review with the patient and family other measures that will enhance or maintain health.

ANTIARRHYTHMICS PHARMACOLOGIC PROFILE General Use Suppression of cardiac arrhythmias. General Action and Information Correct cardiac arrhythmias by a variety of mechanisms, depending on the group used. The therapeutic goal is decreased symptomatology and increased hemodynamic performance. Choice of agent depends on etiology of arrhythmia and individual patient characteristics. , electrolyte disturbances, other drugs). Antiarrhythmics are generally classified by their effects on cardiac conduction tissue (see the following table).

Any of these findings can suggest an ADR and should be reported and documented promptly so that appropriate interventions, including discontinuation of suspect medications, can occur. Prompt intervention can prevent a mild adverse reaction from escalating into a serious health problem. Other steps taken by the health care team when identifying and treating an ADR include: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Determining that the drug ordered was the drug given and intended. Determining that the drug was given in the correct dosage by the correct route.

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