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Mr. Will, a 67-year-old patient, is postoperative day 2 after a coronary

artery bypass graft operation to revascularize his coronary arteries that were

significantly blocked. He has a midline incision of his chest and a 7-inch

incision on the inner aspect of his right thigh where a saphenous vein graft

was harvested and used to vascularize the blocked coronary artery. The

surgeon prescribed Oxycodone 5 mg every 4 hours PRN for moderate pain

and Oxycodone 10 mg every 4 hours PRN for severe pain. (Learning

Objectives 7 and 8)

  1. Considering the patient's age, what medication administration

considerations should the nurse incorporate into the pain management

plan and why?


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