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1.4 Exercises for Lesson 1

1.  List the two medication systems in use in the Army medical facilities.

2.  One of the basic rules of administering medication is to read the label three times.

a.  True.
b.  False.

3.  If there is any doubt about a patient's identity, what should you do?

a.  Ask a physician.
b.  Ask your supervisor.
c.  Ask the patient his name.

4.  If a patient refuses medication, what should you do?

a.  Tell the doctor.
b.  Tell your supervisor.
c.  Remove the medication.

5.  List the principles associated with charting medication.

6.  List some conditions that make it desirable to use a sterile injection of medication.

7.  What are the three methods of administering injections?

8.  The gauge of needles goes from to with the highest number being the needle.

9.  A small gauge needle is needed for  medications and a large gauge needle is needed for  medications.

10.  The size of the syringe used depends upon:

11.  What length needle should you use for a subcutaneous injection?

12.  What length needle should you use for an intradermal injection?

13.  What length needle should you use for an intramuscular injection?

14.  What should you do first to assemble the needle and syringe?

15.  If a needle has burrs, what should you do with it?

16.  What should you look for when inspecting a rubber stopper?

Answers to Exercises for Lesson 1

1.  Bulk drug system and unit dose system.

2.  a

3.  c

4.  b

5.  Do not chart the medication until it has been administered and record all administrations of medications. (para 1-6a)

6.  When rapid action by the drug is desired.
When the drug might be destroyed by digestive juices or vomited if given by mouth.
When the patient is unconscious or injured so that he cannot be given the medication by mouth.
When local skin areas need to be anesthetized for an operative procedure.
When the medication has to be concentrated in a specific area of the body.

7.  Subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intradermal.

8.  14 to 27, smallest.

9.  Viscous medications, thin or watery medications.

10.  The amount of solution and the type of medication being used.

11.  1/2 to 7/8 inch

12.  1/4 to 1/2 inch

13.  1 to 1 1/2 inches

14.  Remove the protective cover

15.  Discard it

16.  There should not be any small cores or plugs torn from the stopper due to improper injection of needles.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015