Dosage strength listed on packaging may or may not be

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Dosage Strength: listed on packaging, may or may not be the same as dosage ordered (need to use dosage calculations!) Dosage Dispensed o (tab) = tablet (can be cut in half by pill cutter) o (EC) = enteric coated (dissolve in intestines -- should never be cut, crushed, or chewed ) o (cap) = capsules (contain powder or liquid in gelatin case) o (SR, ER, XL, LA, DR) = sustained, extended, or delayed release (release a controlled amount over a period of time -- should never be cut, crushed, or chewed) o (supp) = suppository Checking dosage ordered, dosage strength, and dosage dispensed before administering medication will help reduce error The Right Route Enteral: through intestine Cutaneous (Topical) Parenteral: directly into bloodstream Enteral Routes o PO = oral NPO = nothing by mouth
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o SL = under the tongue (both this and buccal are abs orbed through capillary bed and don’t have to go through intestines) o Buccal = pocket of cheek o Enteral Tubes ( must be crushed/dissolved in water -- so you cannot use drugs on the do not crush list with this route, generally EC and controlled release cannot be crushed) NGT = nasogastric tube PEG = percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
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  • Fall '19
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