Polypharmacy: A Case Study Exploration

As a nurse practitioner treating elder patients, it is essential that you are able to identify risks associated with polypharmacy. In the elder population, many patients often take multiple medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter. Between the potential for drug interactions and the differences in pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes, elder patients are at a great risk of adverse reactions. By using the AGS Beers Criteria, you can better ensure patient safety.

This media piece will present you with three case studies, each of which features an elder patient who is taking a minimum of eight medications. Examine the case studies and determine whether each medication should be continued as prescribed (no changes necessary), increased (in dosage or frequency), decreased (in dosage or frequency), or discontinued.