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

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