Renal Question #13


The nurse is caring for a client with chronic renal failure who receives dialysis every third day. The nurse notices that atenolol (Tenormin) is ordered daily in the am. The nurse places an alert on the client’s medication record to reflect which important intervention regarding administration of the atenolol (Tenormin)?


  1. Give the medication just prior to leaving for dialysis.
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  2. Do not administer on dialysis days.
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  3. Administer the medication on return from dialysis.
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  4. Send the medication with the client for the dialysis nurse to administer.
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Administer the medication on return from dialysis. Medications taken prior to dialysis will be removed from the body’s system as a result of dialysis. Skipping days for a daily medication of atenolol (Tenormin) may cause hypertensive rebound. The dialysis nurse would not administer the drug during dialysis and would not be responsible after dialysis.

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