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MEDICAL MANAGEMENT 2
1. What is the Beer Criteria and what is its significance in prescribing?
The Beer criteria refer to the criteria for determining safe medication for older adults. The
criteria determine medications that cause harm and unfavorable effects in adults, mostly of 65
years and above (Lim et al., 2016). The beer criteria is significant in improving medication
selection, reducing adverse effects of drugs, and providing a tool to assess patterns, quality, and
care of drugs used for patients who are older than 65 years of age.
2. What is the safest method of calculating a medication dose for the pediatric patient?
The safest method of calculating a medication for the pediatric patient is through
calculations based on the weight of the child to make the dosage more precise (Bakaki et al.,
2018). Therefore, a child's most recent weight must be updated in the health information system
so that calculations of dosage are accurate.
3. At what time period in a pregnancy can medication potentially have the greatest risk of
causing malformations?
Medication has the greatest risk of causing malformations at the embryonic period, which
is the most sensitive period to teratogenesis when there is an embryo's exposure to teratogenic
agents (Krueger et al., 2017). At this stage the organogenesis takes place. It occurs between
implantation from around fourteen days and sixty days after conception.
4. If your patient sometimes forgets to take her medication, what type of medication half-
life would be beneficial?
Given the drug has a half-life, fifty percent of the initial drug gets out of the body after
one-half life. Therefore, if a patient forgets to take their medication, I would advise that they skip
the dose and take the next dose when it is due, only if it is two hours and less for the next dose. If
more than two hours, they should take the missed dose as long as they remember and continue

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Running head: MEDICAL MANAGEMENT 1 Medication Management Name Institution MEDICAL MANAGEMENT 2 1. What is the Beer Criteria and what is its significance in prescribing? The Beer criteria refer to the criteria for determining safe medication for older adults. The criteria determine medications that cause harm and unfavorable effects in adults, mostly of 65 years and above (Lim et al., 2016). The beer criteria is significant in improving medication selection, reducing adverse effects of drugs, and providing a tool to assess patterns, quality, and care of drugs used for patients who are older than 65 years of age. 2. What is the safest method of calculating a medication dose for the pediatric patient? The safest method of calculating a medication for the pediatric patient is through calculations based on the weight of the child to make the dosage more precise (Bakaki et al., 2018). Therefore, a child's most recent weight must be updated in the health information system so that calculations of dosage are accurate. 3. At what time period in a pregnancy can medication potentially have the greatest risk of causing malformations? Medication has the greatest risk of causing malformati ...
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