WEEK 4 Pharmacotherapy for Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders

WEEK 4 Assignment: Pharmacotherapy for Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders

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Gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatobiliary disorders affect the structure and function of the GI tract. Many of these disorders often have similar symptoms, such as abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, nausea, bloating, and fatigue. Since multiple disorders can be tied to the same symptoms, it is important for advanced practice nurses to carefully evaluate patients and prescribe a treatment that targets the cause rather than the symptom.
Once the underlying cause is identified, an appropriate drug therapy plan can be recommended based on medical history and individual patient factors. In this Assignment, you examine a case study of a patient who presents with symptoms of a possible GI/hepatobiliary disorder, and you design an appropriate drug therapy plan.
To Prepare
Review the case study assigned by your Instructor for this Assignment
Reflect on the patient’s symptoms, medical history, and drugs currently prescribed.
Think about a possible diagnosis for the patient. Consider whether the patient has a disorder related to the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system or whether the symptoms are the result of a disorder from another system or other factors, such as pregnancy, drugs, or a psychological disorder.
Consider an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patient’s history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed.
By Day 7 of Week 4
Write a 1-page paper that addresses the following:
Explain your diagnosis for the patient, including your rationale for the diagnosis.
Describe an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patient’s history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed.
Justify why you would recommend this drug therapy plan for this patient. Be specific and provide examples.
Reminder: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center offers an example of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.

Week 4 Assignment

Posted on: Monday, June 22, 2020 10:31:25 AM EDT

Week 4: Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders

Welcome to Week 4! Hope you had a great weekend.

As an APRN, you will likely encounter patients presenting with symptoms affecting the GI tract. However, most symptoms concerning the GI tract are non-specific and therefore, diagnosis requires thoughtful and careful investigation. Similarly, hepatobiliary disorders may also mirror many of the signs and symptoms that patients present when suffering from GI disorders.

How might you tease out specific signs and symptoms between these potential disorders and body systems? What drug therapy plans will best address these disorders for your patients?

This week you will examine diagnoses for patients with potential GI and hepatobiliary disorders. You will also develop a drug therapy plan based on patient history and diagnosis.

What do I have to do? When do I have to do it?

Review your Learning Resources Days 1-7, Week 4

Assignment: Pharmacotherapy for Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders

Submit your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 4.

Assignment

By Day 7 of Week 4 (by Sunday, 11:59 pm MT)

Write a 1-page paper that addresses the following:

1. Explain your diagnosis for the patient, including your rationale for the diagnosis.

2. Describe an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patient’s history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed.

3. Justify why you would recommend this drug therapy plan for this patient. Be specific and provide examples.

Case study assigned:

Patient HL comes into the clinic with the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The patient has a history of drug abuse and possible Hepatitis C. HL is currently taking the following prescription drugs:

· Synthroid 100 mcg daily

· Nifedipine 30 mg daily

· Prednisone 10 mg daily

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