Handy Tips When Administering Medication

Medication can taste bad. You can minimize this adverse effect by giving the patient ice chips prior to administering the medication. Ice chips numb the taste buds so the patient is unable to taste the medication.

Give bad-tasting medications first followed by pleasant-tasting liquids. This shortens the time the patient experiences the bad taste. The patient is left with the taste of the pleasant tasting medication in his/her mouth. Use the liquid form of the medication where possible because patients find it easier to ingest a liquid. Offer water after giving a medication if it is not contraindicated.

Administer medication to a patient who needs extra assistance taking the medication after you give medication to your other patients. In this way, you can devote the necessary time to assist this patient without being pressured to administer medication to your other patients.

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