10 Rights of Drug Administration Cheat Sheet by Davidpol
Guidelines for administering drugs to patients
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Understanding and practicing the "10 Rights” of Drug Administration" can prevent prevent medication errors and provide the patient will information to look for possible side effects due to the medication.
1. Right Drug
Check and verify if it’s the right name and form. Beware of look-alike and sound-alike medication names. Misreading medication names that look similar is a common mistake. These look-alike medication names may also sound alike and can lead to errors associated with verbal prescriptions.
2. Right Patient/Resident
Ask the name of the client and check his/her ID band/bracelet before giving the medication. Even if you know that patient’s name, you still need to ask just to verify.
3. Right Dose
Check the medication sheet and the doctor’s order before medicating. Be aware of the difference of an adult and a pediatric dose.
4. Right Route
Check the order if it’s oral, IV, SQ, IM, etc..
5. Right Time and Frequency
Check the order for when it would be given and when was the last time it was given.
6. Right Documentation
Make sure to right the time and any remarks on the chart correctly.
7. Right History and Assessment
Secure a copy of the client’s history to drug interactions and allergies.
8. Drug approach and Right to Refuse
Give the client enough autonomy to refuse to the medication after thoroughly explaining the effects.
9. Right Drug-Drug Interaction and Evaluation
Review any medications previously given or the diet of the patient that can yield a bad interaction to the drug to be given. Check also the expiry date of the medication being given.
10. Right Education and Information
Provide enough knowledge to the patient of what drug he/she would be taking and what are the expected therapeutic and side effects
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