5 Rights

  1. what are the five rights of administering medication?
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  3. by   Nursonegreat
    The 5 "Rights"
    Because medication safety encompasses so many areas, it's helpful to have an intuitive way to break down the process. One way of doing so is to examine the "five rights." Says Dr Lister, "In medicine, doctors and nurses often learn about the five rights of drug dispensing: right medication, right dose, right patient, right route, and right time. This is also a good starting place for doing QI with your medication safety practices facility-wide." We asked a number of experts to expand on each of these five "rights." Here's what they said.
  4. by   ChocoholicRN
    the 5 rights:
    right patient
    right medication
    right dose
    right route
    right time
  5. by   Simplepleasures
    Yes I believe we all know what the five rights are, where are you going with this ,or do you truly not know what they are, I hope you are not a nurse.
    Last edit by Simplepleasures on Nov 25, '06
  6. by   ns lpn
    Along with learning the five rights it's important to note if any of them are wrong it is considered a medication error.
    These rights are the way of ensuring you correctly administer medicine.
  7. by   Antikigirl
    There are actually 8 now..grrrrrrrrrrrr!

    Right:
    med
    dose
    form
    Pt
    mar
    time
    route
    side effects
  8. by   Blee O'Myacin
    This stuff is in every basic nursing book - and can be found with a simple search engine query. Do you have specific questions regarding the five rights, or were you looking for someone to answer a homework question?

    Blee
  9. by   morte
    Quote from Blee O'Myacin
    This stuff is in every basic nursing book - and can be found with a simple search engine query. Do you have specific questions regarding the five rights, or were you looking for someone to answer a homework question?

    Blee
    my thoughts, which is why i didnt answer last noc......
  10. by   IMustBeCrazy
    Quote from TriageRN_34
    There are actually 8 now..grrrrrrrrrrrr!

    Right:
    med
    dose
    form
    Pt
    mar
    time
    route
    side effects
    I'm going to also throw in:

    Pt's allergies
  11. by   icugirl33
    TRAMP

    time,route,amount,medication, and person. This is the acronym I used in school and still use..
  12. by   kimber1985
    Quote from icugirl33
    TRAMP

    time,route,amount,medication, and person. This is the acronym I used in school and still use..
    Thanks for Tramp acronym. Love it!
    Nothing is worse than staring at the 5 fingers on you hand as your instructor asks you "What are the Five Rights" getting nervous and stammering for the last one.
  13. by   oneLoneNurse
    the 6 rights:
    right patient
    right medication
    right dose
    right route
    right time
    right reason
  14. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from TriageRN_34
    There are actually 8 now..grrrrrrrrrrrr!

    Right:
    med
    dose
    form
    Pt
    mar
    time
    route
    side effects
    Add- order and
    situation.

    As in, is the order written correctly? Does the ordered dose fall within the dosing limits? Is the order appropriate for the situation?

    Good grief, that would make 10 rights!

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