Hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, Demerol, Zofran, Reglan, beef, iodine, tomatoes, Provera, Lupron Depot, acetaminophen, ASA, wheat products, soy, synthetic estrogens, Benadryl, corticosteroids, epinephrine, ketorolac, Ultram, metoprolol, oral potassium, oxygen, Lipitor, fenfluramine, PCN and analogues, mycins, Trazodone, Haldol, allopurinol, Lithium, and Lasix.
Your response is:
A. "Gosh, this person has a lot of medical issues. I'd better get to researching the possible side effects of the other drugs I might give them!"
B. "Gosh, this person must be obese, bipolar, and have hypertension and diabetes. Drag-O."
C. "Hmm. The only two drugs NOT on that list are Dilaudid and Phenergan. Also, oxygen? What, he breathes methane at home? This person is a nutcase."
If your answer was A:
You are obviously a new nurse, concerned with providing good care while protecting your patient from harm. Good for you! Concentrate on that.
If your answer was B:
You are a proficient nurse. You've learned the basics and can recognize common drug interactions and side effects. Keep working! You're doing great.
If your answer was C:
You are an expert nurse. Those of you who answered C will not need me to explain why.