Assignment for “A Case of Medication Error: Conversion Factors in Clinical Calculations”

Assignment for “A Case of Medication Error: Conversion Factors in Clinical Calculations”
Read through the case study and then answer the following questions (in your own words, do NOT copy and paste from any websites, that is plagiarism):
Pre-case questions:
1. What causes the “common cold”? What are the symptoms? How is it usually treated?
2. What causes influenza? What are its symptoms and how is it generally treated?
3. What is pneumonia? What causes it? What is its relationship to influenza and the common cold?
4. What is an antibiotic?
9. The baby’s temperature is not given in the article. Which unit do you think it is? Explain the reason for your answer.
Case questions:
3 a. Based on the information in the question, what would be an appropriate dose of extended release (ER) azithromycin for a baby weighing 17 lbs.?
b. How does the appropriate dose of azithromycin ER for a 17 lb baby compare with that which was given to Amaan?
c. What would be an appropriate dose of azithromycin immediate release administered by IV for a baby weighing 17 lbs? How does your calculated dose compare with that indicated by Dr. Loiselle
Post-case questions:
3. ….most medication errors occur as a result of the breakdown in the system. What role can a nurse play in ensuring that a correct dose of medication is administered to a patient?
4. Why do you think it is important for pre-nursing students to learn to do dosage calculations? Explain the reasoning behind your answer.