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OASIS E Section N: Medications Will Require Additional Documentation

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 9, 2022

OASIS E, to be released in January 2023, requires

  1. patient teaching on high-risk medications and
  2. documentation of THE REASON for the high-risk medication


You will want to make sure your field staff are able to identify the generic and trade names of high risk medications,OASIS E (Section N) Medications Download the Quiz (& answers) the reasons why a medication is 'high risk' and where - in the patient chart - the REASON the high-risk medication is ordered by the physician.


Uses: treatment of psychoses, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, personality disorder and bipolar disorder. 
Why they’re a high-risk drug: Common side-effects can be serious, including Parkinson’s-like symptoms, hyperprolactinemia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, postural hypotension, arrhythmias, sedation, seizures, sexual dysfunction, type 2 diabetes mellitus, anticholinergic effects, dyslipidemia

Specific patient teaching

  • Antipsychotics affect people differently. 
  • Different antipsychotics medications may be prescribed to find the right one that can control symptoms
  • Contact the doctor if the medication is not working.
  • Don't stop taking antipsychotics suddenly.
  • Antipsyhi-risk-drugschotics can interact with other medications. Inform the doctor of all medicines being taken including homeopathic and other over-the-counter medications.


Common Antipsychotics: First generation (Typical): Benperidol (Anquil), Chlorpromazine (Largactil), Flupentixol (Depixol), Fluphenazine (Modecate), Haloperidol (Haldol), Levomepromazine (Nozinan), Pericyazine, Perphenazine (Fentazin), Pimozide (Orap), Promazine, Sulpiride (Dolmatil, Sulpor), Trifluoperazine (Stelazine), Zuclopenthixol (Clopixol)

Second generation (Atypical): Amisulpride (Solian), Aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena), Clozapine (Clozaril, Denzapine, Zaponex), Risperidone (Risperdal & Risperdal Consta), Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Paliperidone (Invega, Xeplion)


Uses: Prevention of blood clots.
Why they’re a high-risk drug: Anticoagulants can cause internal bleeding, symptoms of stroke and anemias.

Specific teaching

  • Be careful mixing medications. Some antibiotics and anti-fungal medications can make blood thinners more potent and increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Tell all health care providers, dentists, physicians, pharmacists that you’re taking blood thinners.
  • Always take anticoagulant as directed by the doctor. Don’t skip a dose and don’t double up. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible.
  • Watch for evidence of internal bleeding. Slow bleeding can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin color and black, tarry-looking stools. Rapid bleeding can cause stroke symptoms, abdominal and back pain.
  • Take precautions to minimize the risk of falls or trauma that could potentially cause significant bleeding.
  • Avoid alcohol.

Common Anticoagulants: Apixaban (Eliquis), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Edoxaban (Savaysa), Enoxaparin (Lovenox), Heparin, Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Warfarin (Coumadin)


Uses: Treatment of bacterial infection
Why they’re a high-risk drug: Frequent and/or inappropriate use of antibiotics can cause bacterial or antibiotic resistance.

Specific teaching

  • Take entire prescription; do not stop when feeling "better" as this creates antibiotic resistance.
  • Report any adverse response or lack of improvement after 48-72 hr.

There are over 200 unique antibiotics. The most common are: amoxicillin, doxycycline, cephalexin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, metronidazole, azithromycin, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, amoxicillin and clavulanate, levofloxacin


Uses: Treatment of acute pain
Why they’re a high-risk drug: Opioids are highly addictive, a growing problem throughout the United States. Overdose can cause respiratory depression and death. 

Specific teaching

  • Opioids are safest when used for three or fewer days to manage acute pain, such as pain that follows surgery or a bone fracture.
  • If opioids are needed for acute pain, work with the doctor to take the lowest dose possible, for the shortest time needed, exactly as prescribed.

Common Opioids

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Oxy, Percocet, Percodan, Roxicet, and Endocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet, and Vicoprofen)
  • Codeine (found in combination medicines such as Tylenol #3 or Robitussin AC)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Morphine (MS Contin and Roxanol)
  • Fentanyl (Sublimaze, Subsys, Duragesic)


Uses: Prevention of blood clots.
Why they’re a high-risk drug: Like anticoagulants, antiplatelets can cause internal bleeding, heavy bleeding or bruising.

Specific Teaching

  • Take antiplatelets exactly as prescribed.
  • ASA can bother the stomach and should be taken with food. Other antiplatelets can be taken with or without food.
  • Do not stop taking antiplatelets unless instructed by the doctor

Common Antiplatelets 

  • ASA - Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, Asaphen, Entrophen, Novasen)
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Prasugrel (Effient)
  • Ticagrelor (Brilinta)


Uses: Treatment of diabetes
Why they’re a high-risk drug: Hypoglycemics can cause low blood sugar resulting in visual disturbances, loss of consciousness, seizures, death

Specific Teaching

  • A meal should be consumed within 30 minutes after administering regular insulin
  • Having a strict insulin schedule is essential for keeping blood sugar levels within a healthy range.
  • A doctor may prescribe insulins that act at different speeds to keep a person’s blood glucose levels more consistent.
  • People at risk of hypoglycemia should wear a medical bracelet stating their type of diabetes, plus other necessary information, such as whether they control their condition with insulin.
  • These bracelets provide information to first aiders and medical professionals in case a person becomes conscious.


Oral Hypoglycemic Medications: Sulfonylureas (glipizide, glyburide, gliclazide, glimepiride), Meglitinides (repaglinide and nateglinide), Biguanides (metformin), Thiazolidinediones (rosiglitazone, pioglitazone), α-Glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose, miglitol, voglibose), DPP-4 inhibitors (sitagliptin, saxagliptin, vildagliptin, linagliptin, alogliptin)

Short-acting insulin: regular insulin (Humulin and Novolin)

Rapid-acting insulins: insulin aspart (NovoLog, FlexPen, Fiasp), insulin glulisine (Apidra), insulin lispro (Humalog)

Intermediate-acting insulin: insulin isophane (Humulin N, Novolin N)

Long-acting insulins: insulin degludec (Tresiba), insulin detemir (Levemir), insulin glargine (Lantus), insulin glargine (Toujeo),

Combination insulins: NovoLog Mix 70/30 (insulin aspart protamine-insulin aspart), Humalog Mix 75/25 (insulin lispro protamine-insulin lispro), Humalog Mix 50/5

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Cherney, K. (2020, June 17). List of Common Diabetes Medications. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/medications-list
Insulin therapy: Side effects, myths, and tips. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323387
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Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://www.rchsd.org/health-articles/the-danger-of-antibiotic-overuse/

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