Administering a liquid oral medication is a tough job. It requires a lot of preparation and knowledge to ensure that you are providing the right dosage to the recipient. If you don’t care to do this well enough, the recipient’s health is at risk.
You need to take on the responsibility of providing liquid medication to yourself or to other family members especially when you are at home since doctors and nurses cannot come to your rescue immediately. Take a look at these steps on how you can properly administer liquid medications:
- Understand the instructions. Make sure that you understand all the instructions given by the physician or pharmacist in administering a particular kind of medicine. Know the exact methods you can use in providing the liquid medication. Your physician or pharmacist knows the most appropriate and convenient method for you to use.
- Read the label. Care to read the labels of the medicine as well. Some oral liquid medications need to be shaken first to distribute all the drugs contained in the bottle. If you provide the medicine to the recipient without shaking it, you are not giving him the right medication. Also, check whether the medicine can be chilled or not. Though your recipient may wish to have it chilled for easier consumption, it is best for you to double check whether it is appropriate or not.
- Use a syringe. It is important that the right dosage is given to the recipient every time he is provided with the medication. To help you closely monitor the dosage, use a syringe. However, keep in mind to purchase a syringe that is appropriate for the recipient. There are various kinds of syringes perfect for administering the right dosages to adults, children, and babies. The syringe also helps to prevent spillage when the medicine is provided to the recipient.
- Fill the syringe with the right dosage. Carefully fill the syringe with the liquid medication. Make sure that you follow the right measurements and you have already shaken the liquid if it is required.
- Squirt the medicine. Place the filled syringe towards the recipient's mouth. Then, administer short squirts and let the recipient swallow the liquid in between each squirt. Do this until all the liquid is consumed.
- Ask certain questions to your pharmacist. Since some liquid medications can be hard to administer to a recipient, ask the pharmacist if it is possible to add certain flavorings in them. Also, check with the pharmacist if you can use dosing cups or spoons to better help you in administering the medicine.
Administering liquid medication is a serious responsibility on your shoulders. Since the right dosage must be given to the recipient every time, it is in your hands whether he gets the right medication or not. Since it is the health that is at risk here, there is no room for you to commit any kind of mistake in this task.