A nurse works in a private hospital and needs to administer some narcotic drugs to one of her patients. Which of the following should the nurse consider when administering narcotics to patients in a hospital setting?
A) Narcotics are banned in private settings and cannot be used.
B) Narcotics can be used in the hospital after obtaining written approval from the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
C) Narcotics to be used in the hospital are dispensed only with a written prescription.
D) Narcotics can be used in the hospital according to patient preferences.
A patient has been receiving regular doses of an agonist for 2 weeks. Which of the following should the nurse anticipate?