6 Rights of Drug Administration

Drug Administration Mnemonic

Remember the 6 rights of drug administration using this colorful mnemonic. If you follow Dr. Timed to the letter, you should be able to avoid any problems or complications from administering medications.

 

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Six Rights of IV Fluid Administration

  • Right Patient: treat as any drug, use MAR for accuracy in administration
  • Right Drug: solution for IVs
  • Right Dose: consider w/time, Amount of IV solution to hang
  • Right Time: rate of solution administration
  • Right Route: specific order for IV admin
  • Right Documentation: Always!!!!

Nursing Intervention for Drug Administration

  • Assess the medication prescription.
  • Compare the client’s medication prescription with all the medications that the client was previously taking (medication reconciliation).
  • Ask the client about a history of allergies.
  • Assess the client’s current condition and the purpose for the medication or intravenous solution.
  • Determine the client’s understanding regarding the purpose of the prescribed medication or need for intravenous solution.
  • Teach the client about the medication and about selfadministration at home.
  • Identify and address concerns (social, cultural, religious) that the client may have about taking the medication.
  • Assess the need for conversion when preparing a dose of medication for administration to the client.
  • Assess the six rights of medication administration: right medication, right dose, right client, right route, right time,and right documentation.
  • Assess the vital signs, check significant laboratory results, and identify any potential interactions (food or medication interactions) before administering medication, when appropriate.
  • Document the administration of the prescribed therapy and client’s response to the therapy.

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