|| After completing the online tutorial,
the learner should be able to:
- Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the various members of the health care team in maintaining patient safety during drug therapy.
- Define common terms related to pharmacology and drug therapy.
- Discuss relevant historical, legal, and ethical issues related to pharmacology and drug therapy.
- Describe the process through which a drug must go as it is being developed and tested for safety.
- Describe basic facts about drugs such as names, sources, classification systems, preparations, and routes of administration.
- Describe the three phases of drug action in the body: the pharmaceutical phase, the pharmacokinetic phase, and the pharmacotherapeutic phase.
- Describe the four physiological processes that occur during the pharmacokinetic phase of drug activity.
- Explain three theories of how drugs act on cells and tissues of the body.
- Describe three concepts related to drug activity in the body: half-life, drug concentration curve, and first-pass effect.
- Discuss the various types of responses that individuals may have to drugs.
- Describe eight factors that affect an individual's response to drugs.
- Describe various drug interactions: drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-fluid.
- Define drug-drug incompatibility and give examples.
- Describe developmental factors that nurses must consider when administering drugs to patients of varying ages.