Question:The nurse is providing discharge education to an adult patient who will begin a regimen of ocular medications for the treatment of glaucoma. How can the nurse best determine if the patient is able to self-administer these medications safely and effectively?

Answer Explanation: The patient or the caregiver at home should be asked to demonstrate actual eye drop administration. This method of assessment is more accurate than asking the patient to describe the process or determining earlier inabilities to self-administer medications. The patients functional status will not necessarily determine the ability to administer medication safely.

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