The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

Types of Preparation


  1. Define local administration.
  2. By what name are locally administered drugs commonly known?
  3. List 8 types of topical preparation.
  4. Define systemic administration.
  5. What medical condition would contra-indicate the oral administration of a drug and why?
  6. In addition to vomiting, list 3 other reasons why oral administration of a drug may not be a suitable route (clue - these are associated with the drug rather than the patient).
  7. These abbreviations are commonly used in practice: I/V, I/M, S/Q (or S/C), I/P & P/O. What do they stand for?
  8. Of the routes of drug administration listed in Q6, which is the fastest acting and why?
  9. What is the difference between a solution and a suspension? Explain why suspensions should never be injected.
  10. Although the fastest route of action is often desirable, certain drugs may benefit from slower absorption. Explain why.
  11. What is a depot preparation?
  12. What is nebulisation?