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Administration of medication by sublingual route

Preparation and delivery of prescribed medications sublingually and evaluation of patient response.


– Administer prescribed medication to the patient sublingually under safe conditions. – Educate the patient and family on the therapeutic regimen.


Medication cart or trolley.


– Prescribed medication. – Medical treatment sheet with prescribed medication. – Disposable gloves. – Dosing syringes. – 1 needle. – Unidose cups. – Paper wipes. – Nursing records.


– Perform hand washing. – Follow general rules in the administration of medication. – Place patient in semi-fowler position. – Determine the patient’s medication knowledge and understanding of the method of administration. – Put on non-sterile gloves.

– Place the medication under the patient’s tongue. – Instruct the patient to keep the medication under the tongue until it dissolves. – Make sure that the medication is not swallowed or chewed. – Put the patient in a comfortable position. – Collect the material. – Remove gloves. – Wash hands. – Record: medication administered, dose, route, date and time, incidents and patient’s response.


– If the patient has dental prostheses, they should be removed or ensure that they are securely fastened.

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