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									Chapter 16, Assignments

Written Assignments                                          Learning Objective(s)

1. Compare and contrast the three major groups of drugs               2
used to treat muscle spasms and spasticity. For each group
discuss the following:

          a. Pharmacotherapeutics

          b. Pharmacokinetics

          c. Pharmacodynamics

          d. Contraindications and precautions

          e. Adverse effects

          f. Drug interactions




Group Assignments                                            Learning Objective(s)

1. Have a short group discussion on the definitions of                1
muscle spasm and spasticity. Differentiate between the
following:

          a. Pathophysiology

          b. Etiology

          c. Pharmacologic treatment

2. Have a group discussion and identify core patient                  3
variables affecting:

          a. Centrally acting muscle relaxants

          b. Centrally acting spasmolytics

          c. Peripherally acting spasmolytics
Clinical Assignments                                          Learning Objective(s)

1. Interview a nurse who works on a neurology unit or                2, 3, 4
another unit that has a high population of patients with
muscle spasms or spasticity. Prepare a report on the
following:

          a. Types of conditions treated

          b. Medications most commonly used

          c. Success of pharmacotherapy treatment

          d. Practice concerns related to core drug
             knowledge

          e. Practice concerns related to core patient
             variables

2. Select a patient in a clinical setting who has a                   4, 5
prescribed medication for muscle spasms or spasticity.
Determine how core patient variables relate to the core
drug knowledge for the medication. Develop a nursing
care plan for this patient based on the interaction of core
drug knowledge and core patient variables.

3. Select a patient in a clinical setting who has a                  5, 6, 7
prescribed medication for muscle spasms or spasticity.
Develop a nursing care plan related to the prescribed
medication that includes the following:

          a. Nursing diagnosis based on core drug
             knowledge and core patient variables

          b. Nursing interventions

          c. Teaching plan



Web Assignments                                               Learning Objective(s)

1. Conduct online research and develop a teaching tool on              7
medications used to treat muscle spasms and spasticity
related to cerebral palsy. The following websites will be
useful resources:

          a. http://www.ucp.org

          b. http://www.spinalcord.org

								
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