Medications are only to be administered by trained and authorised staff.
Prior to medication administration, the following six rights of safe medication administration must be observed:
|Right Patient||Ensure this medication is indicated for this patient and not contraindicated.|
|Right Medication||Ensure that the medication chosen to be administered is correct and in date. Read aloud the following (ideally to partner, but in general as is good practice), the medication label, the presentation and expiry date.|
|Right Dose||Staff should not rely on knowledge of the Medication Protocols and are encouraged to cross check the latest version of the Clinical Resources and to confirm with partner that the dosage and concentration match the protocol and is correct for the patients presenting condition.|
|Right Time||If the medication administration is to be repeated or if the patient has already self-administered a medication, ensure the appropriate time has passed before re-administering.|
|Right Route||Staff should not rely on knowledge of the Medication Protocols and are encouraged to cross check the latest version of the Clinical Resources and to confirm with partner that the medication being administered is being done so in the correct dosage via the correct route.|
|Right Documentation||The minimum documentation standard for any medication administered (which is automatically populated when entered into ePCR interventions) is: