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The purpose of this course is to provide health care professionals; LPN, RN, ARNP, Therapists, students, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aids (HHA), and other individuals with the opportunity to review Pharmacology; the medication pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics; absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination. Review of the therapeutic value and/or the potential toxicity of chemical agents on biological systems.
Describe of medication interactions, side effects /adverse reactions, review of precautions and contraindications, discuss common medical and medication errors and steps to avoid them, identify patients who require special considerations when administering medications, discuss Medication RIGHTS, review of HIGH alert drugs and review the Institute for safe medication practices (ISMP) recommendations.
Discuss various categories of medications such as: Analgesics, Allergy medications, Antibiotics, Anticonvulsants, Anticoagulants, Antifungal, Asthma, Antiviral medications. Review of Cardiovascular, corticosteroids, Cholesterol lowering drugs and some medications used for patients with Diabetes.