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NU416 Unit Assignment

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Managing Medications

Outcomes assessed in this Assignment:

NU416-5: Implement evidence-based interventions for managing the chronic care of patients to promote health and quality of life across the lifespan.

Co-morbid chronic illness often requires that many prescribed medications often resulting in what is referred to as “polypharmacy”.  This can result in several problems. Adherence to a medication regimen is a key factor in promoting health and quality of life in those with chronic illness. Non-adherence or non-compliance can be attributed to a multitude of factors including cost, complexity of the medication regimen, and actual or perceived side effects (Ferdinand et al., 2017). Side effects and adverse drug reactions are other problems associated with polypharmacy.  Nurses in both acute care and community or public health settings play an integral role in increasing medication regimen adherence and reducing adverse medication reactions for  those with chronic illness (Shin & Haberman, 2016). For this assignment, evaluate a medication list and search for  evidence-based interventions to increase quality of life and promote health through improved medication adherence.

Consider an 80-year old patient, Mrs. X. Mrs. X has a long list of medications, both prescribed and OTC.

Altace  5 mg qd for congestive heart failure

Atalat CC 60 mg qd for hypertension

Cardizem LA 180 mg qd for coronary artery disease

Lasix 40 mg qd for edema

Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg qd for hypertension/edema

Baby aspirin 81mg qd to prevent clots

Lipitor 10 mg qd for hypercholesterolemia

Synthroid 0.125 mcg ac qd for hypothyroidism

Tylenol 650 mg q4-6h for pain (arthritis)

Aleve 250 mg q6-8 hrs for prn  for pain (arthritis)

Amrix 15 mg qd for pain/muscle spasms

Glucosamine 500 mg bid for pain

Amitriptyline 75 mg qhs for pain/sleep

Paxil 20 mg qd for depression

Oxazepam 15 mg hs for insomnia

Tylenol PM 1 tab qhs prn for insomnia

Benadryl 25 mg prn for allergy/itching

Prilosec 40 mg ac qd for gastric reflux/heartburn

Fiber laxative in water qd for constipation

Colace 50 mg bid for constipation

Multivitamin 1 qd

What are your first thoughts as you see this list? What are your impressions of Mrs. X’s health?

Read the following article:  American Geriatrics Society 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults as found in your reading list.   Compare Mrs. X’s medication list against the Beers List Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication use in Older Adults.  What potential problems and concerns do you have for Mrs. X related to side effects and drug interactions? Consider the content items of the SPICES screening tool when answering.

What health promotion strategies would you use to address these concerns about side effects and drug interactions?

What evidence-based interventions would you recommend to help Mrs. X remain compliant with her medications?

This document should be no more than three pages in length. When creating this document:

·         Consider Mrs. X’s age and level of understanding.

·         Avoid medical terms Mrs. X  and her family might not understand.

Assignment Requirements

Before finalizing your work, you should:

  • be sure to read the Assignment description carefully (as displayed above);
  • consult the Grading Rubric (under Course Resources) to make sure you have included everything necessary;
  • utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors;
  • review APA formatting and citation information found in the Writing Center, online, or elsewhere in the course.

Your document should:

·         be up to three pages in length;

·         Use at least four scholarly nursing articles or resources to support your work;

·         follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);

·         be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;

·         display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics; and

·         use APA 6th edition format for crediting sources.

Ferdinand, K. C., Senatore, F. F., Clayton-Jeter, H., Cryer, D. R., Lewin, J. C., Nasser, S. A., & … Califf, R. M. (2017). The present and future: Improving medication adherence in cardiometabolic disease. Practical and regulatory implications. Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology, 69437-451. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2016.11.034

Shin, J. Y., & Habermann, B. (2016). Medication adherence in people with Parkinson disease. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, (4). 185.

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