What Are Nursing Responsibilities for Paracetamol Ampules?

What Are Nursing Responsibilities for Paracetamol Ampules?

When a nurse is giving paracetamol in ampule form, the nurse's responsibilities include obtaining a clearly written order, obtain correct dosage, following all hospital policies on medication administration, administering medications safely, looking for problems with the current medication dispensing system, being alert and vigilant while administering the paracetamol ampule and paying attention to the response of the patient to the drug at all times, notes the Massachusetts Nurse Association and WebMD. The drug, paracetamol, is also known as acetaminophen and is most commonly found in over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol.

Many patients who take paracetamol do so at home and without the presence of a nurse, notes WebMD. Patients who are in the hospital will take paracetamol under the watchful eye of the nurse and the nurse will be responsible for ensuring that the patient does not have a negative reaction to the medication and takes the appropriate dosage.

When paracetamol is given in an ampoule, it is injected into the body through a sealed glass capsule. Paracetamol is most commonly used to help treat the pain that can come from non-life-threatening conditions, such as headaches, toothaches, osteoarthritis, backaches, menstrual periods and pain related to flu symptoms, writes WebMD. It is also used to help lower fevers in some cases.