- 1 What should nurses know about antibiotics?
- 2 What are the nurses responsibilities for giving antibiotics?
- 3 What conditions require antibiotics?
- 4 How would you decide which antibiotic to use to treat a patient’s bacterial infection?
- 5 How do you take antibiotics?
- 6 What are the nursing responsibilities?
- 7 What are the 4 basic rules for medication administration?
- 8 Can nurses give antibiotics?
- 9 What are side effects of antibiotics?
- 10 Can your body fight bacterial infections without antibiotics?
- 11 What kinds of infections are antibiotics used to treat?
- 12 When should you not take antibiotics?
- 13 What are the 7 classes of antibiotics?
- 14 Which antibiotic is best for throat infection?
- 15 What is the most powerful antibiotic?
What should nurses know about antibiotics?
1. Make sure your patients know to take their antibiotics with food, preferably at mealtimes. Many antibiotics can upset the stomach or cause gastritis, so avoid taking them on an empty stomach. (The only antibiotics that should be taken on an empty stomach are ampicillin, dicloxacillin, rifabutin, and rifampin.)
What are the nurses responsibilities for giving antibiotics?
It is important that registered nurses ensure antibiotics are monitored and administered correctly. The choice of antibiotics may be based on a scientific approach, but it is essential that the nurse makes the prescriber aware of patient-related factors that could influence the choice of antibiotic.
What conditions require antibiotics?
- Chest Cold (Acute Bronchitis)
- Common Cold.
- Ear Infection.
- Flu (Influenza)
- Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)
- Skin Infections.
- Sore Throat.
- Urinary Tract Infection.
How would you decide which antibiotic to use to treat a patient’s bacterial infection?
In selecting an antibiotic, doctors also consider the following:
- The nature and seriousness of the infection.
- The status of the person’s immune system (how well it can help the drug fight the infection )
- The drug’s possible side effects.
- The possibility of allergies or other serious reactions to the drug.
How do you take antibiotics?
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to take your antibiotic. Some should be taken with food to reduce side effects but others need to be taken on an empty stomach. Antibiotics should also be taken in the prescribed amount and for the directed length of treatment.
What are the nursing responsibilities?
Roles of a Nurse
- Record medical history and symptoms.
- Collaborate with teams to plan for patient care.
- Advocate for the health and wellbeing of patients.
- Monitor patient health and record signs.
- Administer medications and treatments.
- Operate medical equipment.
- Perform diagnostic tests.
What are the 4 basic rules for medication administration?
The “rights” of medication administration include right patient, right drug, right time, right route, and right dose. These rights are critical for nurses.
Can nurses give antibiotics?
Yes! Nurse practitioners in all 50 states can prescribe antibiotics with proper credentialing. Antibiotics are non-controlled substances. In other words, they pose little risk for addiction or abuse.
What are side effects of antibiotics?
Common side effects of antibiotics
- feeling of fullness.
- loss of appetite.
- stomach cramping or pain.
Can your body fight bacterial infections without antibiotics?
Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria, but even some bacterial infections get better without antibiotics.
What kinds of infections are antibiotics used to treat?
Antibiotics ONLY treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as:
- Strep throat.
- Whooping cough.
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
When should you not take antibiotics?
When to Say No to Antibiotics for Infections
- 6 conditions are often treated with these drugs but shouldn’t be. By Consumer Reports.
- Respiratory Infections.
- Sinus Infections.
- Ear Infections.
- Pink Eye.
- Urinary Tract Infections in Older People.
What are the 7 classes of antibiotics?
7 Types of Antibiotics
- Penicillins such as penicillin and amoxicillin.
- Cephalosporins such as cephalexin (Keflex)
- Macrolides such as erythromycin (E-Mycin), clarithromycin (Biaxin), and azithromycin (Zithromax)
- Fluoroquinolones such as ciprofolxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and ofloxacin (Floxin)
Which antibiotic is best for throat infection?
Doctors most often prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin (Amoxil) to treat strep throat. They are the top choices because they’re safer, inexpensive, and they work well on strep bacteria.
What is the most powerful antibiotic?
The world’s last line of defense against disease-causing bacteria just got a new warrior: vancomycin 3.0. Its predecessor—vancomycin 1.0—has been used since 1958 to combat dangerous infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.