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An older adult patient has just been diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia and aztreonam (Azactam) has been ordered. What action should the nurse perform before administering the first dose?
A)Administer a 500 mL bolus of normal saline.
B)Confirm the patient's allergy status.
C)Swab the patient's nares for the presence of MRSA.
D)Teach the patient to expect discolored urine during treatment.
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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As with all antibiotics, it is important to assess the patient's allergy status prior to drug administration. This is especially important before the initial dose. An IV bolus is unnecessary, and discoloration of urine is not expected. MRSA testing is not relevant to aztreonam administration.

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