NCLEX Exam Practice Question of the Week - 5/22/13
Question: The nurse is working in the pediatric unit and receives a phone order from the doctor for a 10-year-old client who weighs 40 kg. The order is for ceftazidime (Fortaz) 1.5 gm every 8 hours IV. The therapeutic dosage range is 90-150 mg/kg/24 hr. What would be the best nursing action?
1. Administer the medication because it is within the therapeutic dosage range.
2. Call the doctor to clarify the order because it is outside the therapeutic dosage range.
3. Call the hospital pharmacist and ask him or her to calculate the dosage.
4. Notify the nursing supervisor and request assistance.