Module 02 discussion – ethical dilemmas in medication administration

Directions:

Choose a medication type from the following list, note why the medication is used, and consider adverse effects. Invent a scenario where giving this medication could result in an ethical or legally charged situation. Try not to choose a category that has been well addressed by your peers.

  1. Bethanaechol / cholinergics: Consider risks of inducing urgency or bradycardia in a clients with dementia issues
  2. Benztropine /anticholinergics: Consider harms that can occur with comorbidities like glaucoma or BPH
  3. Albuterol /adrenergics: Consider harms that can occur is asthmatic children are in charge of their own inhalers
  4. Atenolol/ beta blockers: Consider harms that could occur if heart rate was low or patient was asthmatic
  5. Lorazepam /benzodiazepines: Consider vulnerability issues related to sedation and induction of memory loss
  6. Oxycodone / opiates: Consider addiction, drug seeking and patient vulnerability in impaired nurses
  7. Amitriptylline /tricyclics: Consider vulnerability issues with risk of suicidal overdose given anticholinergic effects
  8. Phenelzine /MAOIs: Consider consequences of nonadherence to dietary restrictions on these medications
  9. Haloperidol / neuroleptics: Consider risks of chemical sedation, especially long term risks
  10. Lithium: Consider risks of mismanagement by clients whose behaviors are unpredictable
  11. Phenytoin / antiepileptics: Consider risks of Class D in young women vs risks of going without anti-epileptics
  12. Secobarbital / barbituates: Consider risks related to availability of barbituates to teens via the internet
  13. Kava or Valerian: Consider risks of availability of compounding poorly controlled over the counter sedatives
  14. Sumatriptan / triptans: Consider risks of cerebral ischemia when giving vasoconstrictors for migraine control
  15. Cyclobenzaprine for back spasms: Consider risks of impaired function when nurses take muscle relaxants
  16. Prednisone / steroids: Consider long term effects, when other immune suppressors are too expensive to access.
  17. Aspirin / NSAIDs: Consider vulnerability of elders due to over the counter, affordable nature of this analgesic

Please make your initial post by midweek, and respond to at least one other student’s post by the end of the week.

Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.

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