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An 82-year-old woman who resides in a nursing facility is admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. She has a history of agitation and is ordered the antipsychotic haloperidol.
How do antipsychotics work? What neurotransmitter is greatly affected by antipsychotics? (USLO 4.1, 4.3)
When you assist the patient up you notice muscle rigidity and shuffling gait. What is the patient experiencing? Explain the characteristics of this syndrome. How is it treated? (USLO 4.6, 4.8)
What are the major side effects and adverse effects are seen with haloperidol? (USLO 4.5, 4.6)
What is included in education for a patient taking antipsychotics? (USLO 4.8)