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Medication Management Essentials
Time to brush up on proper labeling, administration and dosing practices.
Sheldon Sones
Publish Date: September 19, 2014   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
checking and rechecking medication IN SAFE HANDS Check and recheck medications before they reach the sterile field.

Are you confident that when time is short and the pressure is on, your employees can keep from confusing similar-sounding drug names? Do they understand and strictly adhere to proper medication handling protocols? Would they immediately recognize a slipped decimal that turns what should be 2.5 into a dangerous 25? Are they observant enough to never mistake a microgram (mcg) for a milligram (mg)? Use this medication safety quiz at your next staff meeting to find out.

Hydroxyzine is used to control blood pressure, whereas hydralazine has antiemetic, anti-anxiety properties.

a. trueb. false

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In addition to the drug name, what 4 pieces of information must be noted on all syringe labels?
_________ ____________________________

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pre-printed labels LABEL MAKER Pre-printed labels take some of the human error out of administering the correct medication and dose.

Fentanyl 100 mg is a reasonable dose for an adult.

a. trueb. false

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A patient weighs 180 lbs. This means he weighs about 81 kg.

a. trueb. false

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While reviewing drugs to ensure in-date status, you notice one marked "6/15." What date does that drug expire?

a. June 30, 2015
b. June 1, 2015
c. June 15, 2015

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medication label

This label contains 2 of what are now considered "dangerous abbreviations." Can you spot them?
_________ _________

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Propofol vials are always for single-patient use only.

a. trueb. false

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Which of the drugs pictured above is the generic form of Dilaudid?

a. hydromorphone
b. morphine sulfate

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Preservative-free medications are indicated for multiple uses.

a. trueb. false

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