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Safe medications principles quiz I



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

This is part 1 of 5, so be sure to look for the other portions of the quiz!

Safe Medications Principles Quiz I

(15 Questions)

Prescription errors can be minimized by observing all of the following practices, EXCEPT for:

Prescriptions should include the full names of drugs, both brand-name and generic.

Regarding prescription instructions, nurses should:

The abbreviation Q.D. (daily) is often mistaken for Q.I.D. (four times daily).

Why should numbers / quantities for controlled substances be fully written?

Nurses should avoid asking patients about their alcohol or "recreational" drug use.

Since the dosage amounts "5 mg" and "5.0 mg" mean the same thing, nurses can use them interchangeably.

On the prescription form, the condition for which the medication is being prescribed should NOT be included.

Any nurse can administer prescribed medications.

Nurses are not doctors or pharmacists; therefore they don’t need to know much about the drugs they are giving to their patients / clients.

What should a nurse do if she thinks that the prescribed medication may be wrong for a particular patient?

Which of the following is most important to check prior to administering a medication to a patient?

To make sure you have the right patient, check the patient’s identification band and his or her room number.

When checking to see that you have the right patient for medication administration, you should ask the patient whether he is “Mr. John Smith”?

If a nurse is really busy, it is acceptable for her to prepare the medication in advance, and leave it for the patient to take, or for another professional to administer.

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