I am a graduating student nurse (this May)...We have a test tomorrow...we need to know the pt, ptt and INR normals and theraputic levels. I am getting conflicting information regarding which tests you watch with Lovenox...do you monitor pTT and INR...Could someone please clarify this for me, before I go crazy!!!
Feb 22, '09
Quote from pagandeva2000
Again, I thank you for sharing your information. One of the things that annoys me with these drug books is that I noticed that their information does not always collaborate. I just searched another drug guide that states to monitor CBC and platelet counts, and these guides are only two years apart (different companies, though).
You've got a great point about differing drug books focusing on differing things. I've found it's best to research the action of the drug and try to take it from there. I've used some references docs use and found it be very helpful. (And it's helpful to anticipate what types of orders they might give.) Drug manufacturing sites are a big help, the pdr is invaluable but honestly a lot of what I've learned has started out with nursing drug books and taken off from there. I ask a lot of questions of the docs and have no problem calling the pharmacist on duty to pick his or her brain as well. I'm blessed to work at a teaching facility so we deal with a lot of differing disciplines and they really can teach you a lot about the drugs they like to use.
You know, just had a thought. If you have a PDA, you may want to think about a program like epocrates or micromedex. They have a bit more information than our normal nursing drug books and can be a real help. Just a thought to share.
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