A patient put on their call light. When you go to their room to see what they need they state that they have pain. You ask them to rate it on a numeric pain scale and they report it to be a 9/10. You understand this is moderate to severe pain. When you look in their medical administration record, they have a PRN order for both 650 mg acetaminophen and 1mg morphine IV.
- Which medication would you decide is more appropriate for this patient?
- What will you monitor this patient for after you administer the medication?
A patient comes to the ED after her family found her at home with two empty bottles of acetaminophen and a note stating she no longer wished to live.
- What do you anticipate will be ordered to help reverse the effects of the acetaminophen? Describe its mechanism of Action.
- What will you monitor? Include laboratory studies and signs and symptoms of organ failure.