Pharmacotherapy for hematologic disorders | NURS 6521 – Advanced Pharmacology | Walden University
The factor I selected is age. As people age, their bodies become less efficient at metabolizing drugs which can lead to adverse effects or increased risk of side effects from prescribed medications. This is due to a decrease in overall organ functioning such as the liver and kidneys as well as changes in body composition that can influence how drugs are distributed within the body.
In order to help reduce negative side effects, it is important to consider the patient’s age when prescribing medication and adjust dosages accordingly. Additionally, certain medications might need to be avoided entirely if they pose too great a risk for older patients due to decreased organ functioning or other contraindications. It is also important for nurses and other healthcare professionals to monitor elderly patients closely after initiating any new drug therapy so that any potential issues can be identified promptly.
Finally, providing education on safe medication use (including proper storage/disposal) should also be considered for elderly patients since this population often takes multiple medications simultaneously which may increase their risk of experiencing adverse reactions or interactions between different drugs – all of which must be taken into account when assessing each individual’s pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic processes ensure best possible outcomes without compromising safety