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Test your knowledge of safe medications practices in our Safe Medications Principles Quiz II.

This is part 2 of 5.

Take the first test, and be sure to look for the other portions soon!

Safe Medications Principles Quiz II

(15 Questions)

It is not necessary to record or report any adverse reactions to medications as these are already known by the pharmaceutical companies.



A nurse who makes a medication error could face disciplinary action by the employer, the professional regulatory body, and may be subject to criminal and/or civil prosecution.



Administration of a medication is the giving by a nurse or authorized person of a drug to a patient.



A medication is any substance or combination of substances having properties for the prevention or treatment of diseases in human beings.



Tablets should NOT be handled as the contamination may alter the coating of the medication.



It is acceptable to crush tablets to make it easier for patient to swallow.



To save time, nurses should prepare injectable medications in several syringes at a time, and then label them.



Parenteral drug administration refers to drugs given via the digestive tract.



Which of the following is NOT a common parenteral route of drug administration?





Parenteral drugs should be prepared immediately before use by the person administering them.



The nurse should wash her hands and put on gloves before preparing parenteral drugs and work on a clean surface.



Injecting 0.9% saline or 5% dextrose is an approved method to check whether IV access is working.



Which of the following is not true concerning when should venous catheters be flushed?





Venous cannulae not being used should be removed to minimize infection.



For a central venous catheter, why is it common to fill the dead space of the catheter will a lock solution such as heparin, citrate or an antibiotic?







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5 Responses to Safe medications principles quiz II

  1. Laurel Johnson

    I think some of your questions are vague enough to cause incorrect answers. For example, the question about the acceptabilty of crushing meds. I wouldn’t crush a tablet if I didn’t have to and if the manufacturer says do not crush, I do not crush. In long term care, a very large percentage a residents cannot or will not swallow whole tablets or capsules and crushing is our only means of getting them to take the prescribed meds. We endevour to change to a different form if it is available. Very often, it is not.

  2. Karen Southard, RN, BSN

    your question about parental drugs not being handled due to changing the altering the coating, is misleading. Drugs are sent up to floor with warning about which meds should not be handled due to risks to the nurse. Also, saline locks are in place for emergency use in case they are needed to push IV meds such as cardiac meds, not just to be left in place and are to be flushed each shift to check patency. All patients on telemetry moniters require a saline lock be placed whether they are receiving IV meds or not in our hospital.

  3. Kathy

    I did not realize it was safe to use 5% Dextrose to check to see if the access is working. Could this not have bad effects if used on a diabetic patient by accident?

  4. Kathleen

    Thanks for these quizzes! I got 15/15 answers correct on this quiz. It is nice to keep your skills sharp.

  5. Megan

    Ya I agree with Kathy, I’ve never heard of giving 5% Dextrose as a flush, only 0.9% Saline and Heparin.

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