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Why would a hospice nurse put eyedrops on a patient's tongue?


butterflyqueen0473 21 April 2016

The eye drops are an anticholinergic drug. The ones being used are most likely called 'atropine'. Anticgolinergics tend to dry up secretions... in this case, saliva to prevent the patient from choking or to prevent the sound of fluid rattling in the back of the throat. It is perfectly safe.

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