HPRS 2300 Discussion 1

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  1. Define the steady-state level of a drug.
  2. Why is a drug’s half-life important to health care providers?
  3. Explain how organ health can affect drug half-life.
  4. A patient received 250mg of a drug at noon, 6 pm, and midnight. The half-life of the drug is 6 hours. Fill in the table below to determine how much of the drug will remain in the patient’s body at 6 am the next day.

12 noon

6 pm

Midnight

6 am

Initial dose = 250 mg

Amount remaining = ___mg

Amount remaining = ___mg

Amount remaining = ___mg

+ 250 mg dose

+250 mg dose

Total = ___mg

Total = ___mg

  1. A drug is considered eliminated from the body when less than 10% remains. If a patient takes 50mg of a drug that has a half-life of 8 hours, how long will it take for at least 90% of the drug to be eliminated? Fill in the table below to help you determine the answer:

Initial dose

Amount remaining after 8 hours

Amount remaining after 16 hours

Amount remaining after 24 hours

Amount remaining after 32 hours

Amount remaining after 40 hours

50 mg

______mg

______mg

______mg

______mg

______mg

  1. A nurse has made a medication error that only she is aware of and it did not harm the patient. Should the nurse report the error? What is the nurse’s legal and ethical responsibility in this situation?

Discussion Boards Requirements:

  • Complete a write-up thoroughly addressing the topics/questions for each discussion board.
  • Utilize the provided text box for all submissions. Do not submit your work as an attachment.
  • Each initial posting must be a minimum of 200 words in length, that does not include the questions.
  • No portion of the discussion topic/questions will be included in the minimum length requirement. Only the student’s response to the topics/questions will be counted.
  • Neither your required text nor any instructor provided materials (PowerPoints, handouts, websites, etc.) will be accepted as references. Wikipedia and WebMD are not acceptable references.
  • References should provide a direct link to the information utilized and be cited within the write-up.
  • Discussion boards are required and graded activities due before 11:59 pm CST on specific due dates posted in the Schedule of Assignments.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

Discussion Board Grade Components

Criteria

Possible Points

Content is relevant and fully addresses each topic/question.

3

Follows directions provided; posts meet length requirements.

3

Utilizes at least one acceptable reference that is not a textbook or instructor provided materials.

3

Grammar, punctuation, and formatting are appropriate.

3

Respond to 2 peer posts/responses add to the discussion and meet length requirement.

3

Total

15

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