I read with interest “Putting the Meds in the Applesauce” (Ethical Issues, March). It never occurred to me that this practice involved ethics—I'd always seen it done to make the pill go down easier, not to deceive the patient.
The only time I remember doing it was more than 40 years ago, when a little old man had difficulty taking his sulfisoxazole. I crushed it and put it in his split pea soup. Big mistake! The soup must have tasted terrible, and I had to be sure he ate the whole thing in order to ensure he received the full dose of medicine.
Lesson learned—I don't ever remember doing it again.
Shannon Perry, PhD, RN, FAAN