Quality use of Medicine

You are required to read a short case study after which you will address the questions that follow in the word document provided. For more instructions, please read attached documents. Medication charts has been provided as well.

Nurses have an active role in medication management, including safe administration

practices, knowledge of risks such as medication errors, adverse effects and drug

interactions. Patient participation in medication management and patient education

are also essential to patient safety.

Assessment task:

On 6th of March at 1500 hours, Mr. Michael Fazio, aged 74 years, was admitted to the

medical unit having been transferred from the emergency department where he was

admitted with a non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). It is now

7th March at 1200 hours and Mr. Fazio is in bed six and his wife is in attendance. Mr.

Fazio has a history of hypertension, and hyperlipidaemia.

Mr. Fazio’s vital signs were taken two hours ago:

Heart rate: 62 bpm, regular

Blood pressure: 103/60 mmHg

Respiratory rate: 22 breaths/min

Oxygen saturation: 96% on room air

Temperature: 36.8°C

Blood glucose level: 9.1mmol/L

The plan for Mr. Fazio is to have serial electrocardiograph’s (ECG’s) and cardiac



Q1a. Assess Mr. Fazio’s medication chart and identify and explain two significant

risks that may be associated with the use of these medicines. (Expect approximately

400 words)

Q1b. Describe the nursing strategies a nurse may implement to prevent/manage the

risks you have identified in Question 1a. (Expect approximately 400 words) HN 216 Quality use of Medicine

Q2a. Explain the clinical benefits of patient participation in medication

management during hospitalisation. (Expect approximately 300 words)

Q2b. Describe the nursing strategies that could be implemented to enhance Mr

Fazio’s participation in his medication management. (Expect approximately 400



Unit learning outcomes and Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

This assessment task provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the following

Unit Learning outcomes and Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes;

Unit Learning Outcomes

ULO1 Apply the principles of quality use of medicines in nursing practice.

ULO2 Compare and contrast drugs within the broad drug groups and discuss their

potential for adverse interactions, effects, and events.

ULO3 Synthesise knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to inform

clinical decision making for patient assessment, education, and evaluation.

ULO4 Identify and evaluate strategies used to manage risk when administering


Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of

study related to a discipline or profession.

GLO2 Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to

inform, motivate and effect change.

GLO3 Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

GLO4 Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking

and judgment.

GLO5 Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined)


GLO6 Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking

responsibility for personal actions.

Submission information:

This assignment task is to be submitted into the designated assessment dropbox for this


Due date: Wednesday May 3, 2017 assignment to be submitted no later than


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strongly advised to submit your assignment into the designated dropbox before 4pm

on the due date.

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Student instructions for assessment task


Front page: to include student name and number, Assignment title and word


Adhere to word limit requirements (within 10%). The word count does not

include headings, references page, reference citations and direct quotes.

A reference list should be provided on a separate page headed ‘References’ at

the end of the assignment.

Appendices (if applicable) are attached after the reference list page.

Table of contents: Do not include a table of contents unless instructed to do so. HN 216 Quality use of Medicine

Headings to be used in assignments of >3,000 words.

Specific presentation requirements as per APA style guide. (2012). Retrieved from



12-point type size (never use a larger point size for headings or on the title


Use Times or Times New Roman.

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