Examine all of R.S.’s medication vials to complete an assessment including pill count for adherenced)R.S. is an 85-year-old female who has congestive heart failure. Over the past 3 months, she has had four hospitalizations.
R.S. is an 85-year-old female who has congestive heart failure. Over the past 3 months, she has had four hospitalizations. Like many older adults, R.S. is experiencing difficulty swallowing and psychologic changes affecting her medication absorption.1. Which of the following would be an appropriate starting point for identifying causes for R.S.’’s frequency of hospitalizations?a) Simply ask if she is taking her medications as directedb) Assume that her frequent hospitalizations are secondary to expected changes, which are normal parts of agingc) Examine all of R.S.’s medication vials to complete an assessment including pill count for adherenced) Assume that her frequent hospitalizations are the result of undertreating her conditions.
2. In determining the most appropriate course of treatment for R.S., assessing her life expectancy should never be taken into account. Rather, the same course of treatment should be pursued without regard for life expectancy. WHY?a) Trueb) False
3. Which of the following best describes a concern that R.S. is taking OTCs, which may impact her cardiac function?a) Assume that if R.S. has not discussed her taking OTCs with her health care providers that this is most likely not an issueb) Assume because older adults typically do not take OTCs that this is not an issue with R.S.c) Because older adults take a significant number of OTCs without knowledge of their physicians, that R.S.’s use if best assessed through a home visit and the asking of open-ended questions
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