Feb 02, 2023
HP 153 - Introduction to Pharmacology3 Credit(s)
An overview of pharmacology for the health professions student with a framework to understand medications and their administration. Part I is a review of pharmacologic principles, introducing students to the subject of drugs, their sources, and their uses. Part II examines drug classifications through descriptions and characteristics of common drugs, their purposes, side effects, precautions or contraindications, side effects, and interactions. Patient education is highlighted for each classification of drug.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- State the main medical uses for drugs.
- List the main sources for drugs, giving examples from each source.
- Explain the significance of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
- List the controlled substance schedules and cite examples of drugs listed in each.
- Identify available drug references including the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR), and be able to use them effectively.
- Classify drugs according to preparation and therapeutic action.
- Utilize accepted drug abbreviations and systems of measurements.
- Describe and demonstrate universal and standard precautions.
- Explain how to prevent needle stick injuries in health care settings.
- State the actions, uses, contraindications, adverse reactions, dosages, and routes for various classes of drugs.
- List the safety issues that apply when administering medications.
- Identify US consumer safety precautions and drug relations.
- Define key terms.
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