MN 584 Unit 4 Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to increase the nurse practitioners awareness and sensitivity to pharmacokinetic changes and prescribing implications occurring in the frail elderly related to these changes and potential adverse effects of polypharmacy in the frail elderly patient.
1.Describe a patient who is age 65 or older and takes at least 12 prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and herbal supplements.
2. Describe your patient, including age, gender, ethnicity, medical diagnoses, medication allergies, and list of prescriptions/OTC medications/herbal supplements, including dosage, route, and frequency.
3.Describe three age-related changes that can affect the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
4. Using Beers criteria, review the patients medication list to identify medications that are potentially inappropriate. What medications should be continued? What medications should you consider stopping? What are potential alternative medications that could be used in place of the medications you would consider stopping?
5. What are two challenges you as an NP face with regard to regulation of complementary and alternative medications (CAM) in care of the frail elderly?
6. As an NP, what is one specific strategy you will use to assess medication reconciliation, including CAM and over-the-counter medications, in the frail elderly population?
***use APA current edition format; and
be supported with a minimum of 5 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources from the past 5 years***.