I need your help! I am a brand new nurse and just started a job at a nursing home. I have a question regarding the administration of a capsule medication to those who cannot swallow pills.
As those of you who work with the elderly, or children know, patients cannot always swallow their pills easily and must have the medications crushed in applesauce. However, some of these medications come in a capsule which cannot be crushed. As a new nurse I am following the advice of the other nurses on the floor who have suggested that I crush what I can and then mix whatever I can't in with applesauce. However, I am concerned that this may not be the best option. What other method is there? Can the capsule be opened and the contents emptied into the applesauce or is trying to get the patient to swallow the capsule really the best option?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am a new nurse and I want to do the right thing!
Thanks in advance!