Registered Nurse (RN)
Pharmacology Basics
Medication Administration

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Pharmacology Basics | Registered Nurse (RN) School Study Aid

Medication Administration
4 Picmonics to Learn | 7 mins
Intramuscular Medication (IM) Administration
Injury to Nerves, Bone, and Blood Vessels
Vastus Lateralis
Nursing Considerations
Selection of Needle Length
Aseptic Technique for Drawing Up
90 Degree Angle
Max Amount (2-5 mL Adult, 1 mL Child)
Techniques to Reduce Pain
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2 mins
Transdermal Medication Administration
Patch or Disc
Directly on Skin of Arms, Chest, Upper Back
Avoids First Pass Metabolism
Sustained Administration of Medication
Nursing Considerations
Clean Skin After Removal
Rotate Sites of Patches
Apply to Dry Skin
Avoid Shaved Skin
Avoid Heat
Nitro Effects Lost After 24 Hours
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2 mins
Ear Drops Medication Administration
Earwax Buildup
Ear Infections
Pulling The Pinna
Child - Back and Downward
Adult - Back and Upward
Side-Lying with Ear Up
Instill Medication
Stay for 2-3 Minutes
Nursing Considerations
Room Temperature
May Massage Tragus
Perforated Eardrum
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2 mins
Eye Medication Administration
Supine with Neck Hyperextended
Wash Away Crusts
Cotton Ball on Cheekbone
For Ophthalmic Drops
Instill Drops into Conjunctival Sac
Repeat if Missed or Patient Blinks
5 Minutes Before 2nd Medication
For Ophthalmic Ointment
Thin Stream Along Inner Edge
Inner Canthus to Outer Canthus
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2 mins

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