The Client with Thyrotoxicosis

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The client with thyrotoxicosis for your nursing review.

The nurse is delivering a saturated potassium iodide solution (SSKI). The nurse should do the following:

  1. Drizzle the solution over the ice chips.
  2. Add an antacid to the solution.
  3. Add water, milk, or fruit juice to the solution and have the patient sip it through a straw.
  4. Substitute a pureed fruit or vegetable for the solution.

The correct answer is #3. To assist mask the harsh, bitter flavor of SSKI, it should be diluted well with milk, water, juice, or a fizzy beverage before administration. In addition, if taken undiluted, this medication is irritating to the mucosa. To avoid tooth discoloration, the client should consume the diluted mixture with a drinking straw. The SSKI will not be sufficiently diluted or covered by pouring the solution over ice chips. Antacids aren’t utilized to mask or lessen the flavor of SSKI. By incorporating a purée, then SSKI would come into contact with the teeth.

CN: Pharmacological and parenteral therapies; CL: Apply

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