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Pharmacology and Drug Administration
Content is designed to provide basic concepts of pharmacology. The theory and practice of basic techniques of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents an/or intravenous medications is included. The appropriate delivery of patient care during these procedures in emphasized.
Lara Skaggs
-Distinguish between the chemical, generic, and trade names for select drugs.
-Describe pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of drugs.
-Classify drugs according to specific categories.
-Explain the actions, uses, and side effects for select drugs.
-Explain the effects of select drugs on medical imaging procedures.
-Define the categories of contrast agents and give specific examples for each category.
-Explain the pharmacology of barium and iodine compounds.
-Describe methods and techniques for administering various types of contrast agents.
-Identify and describe the routes of drug administration.
-Discuss the purposes and advantages of intravenous drug administration over other routes.
-Differentiate between the two major sites of intravenous drug administration.
-Identify, describe, and document complications associated with intravenous drug therapy, and appropriate actions to resolve these
-Discuss the various elements of initiating and discontinuing intravenous drug therapy.
-Differentiate and document dose calculations for adult and pediatric patients.
-Prepare for injection of contrast agents/intravenous medications using aseptic techniques.
-Explain the current legal and ethical status of the radiographer's role in drug administration.
-Explain a radiographer's professional liability concerning drug administration.

Registered Radiological Technologist -

ARRT Radiography Core Curriculum

Torres, Lillian S.;
Linn-Watson Norcutt, TerriAnn; Dutton, Andrea Gullian. Basic Medical
Techniques and Patient Care in Imaging Technology. 0-7817-3191-7. Majors

Radiologic Sciences Patient Care, 4th Ed
by Adler and Carlson

Registered Radiological Technologist - ARRT

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