The “6 Rights” of Drug Aministration

Right Patient

  • Ask the resident their name and date of birth to ensure proper identification.

Right Drug

  • Verify that the drug is not expired.
  • Verify that the drug label matches that of the order you are passing

Right Dose

  • Understand how to accurately convert medication units such as grams, milligrams and micrograms.
  • Verify the amount with the dose

Right Time

  • The drug must be administered per the provider’s order within a reasonable time period.

Right Route

  • The correct route is necessary for the appropriate absorption of the drug.
  • Know the correct locations and techniques for administering the drug properly.

Right Documentation

  • Document in ALIS the correct time and date of administration.
  • Document the correct variance (passed, not passed, refused, exception).

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