Is it 5 or 7?

  1. Read on another board where a poster mentioned the 7 rights of med administration. In my program we were taught only five:
    1 pt
    2 dose
    3 med
    4 route
    5 time

    what are the other two? or is this a mistake or something used in other countries/states?
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   bth44
    Expiration date can be considered a right. I learned it as P-DART-E.

    Patient
    Drug
    Amount of drug
    Route
    Time
    and
    Expiration.

    I don't know of a seventh one, but if I can take a wild guess, I'd say Patients' birthdate? It helps ensure that the patient is who they say they are.

    I'm going to keep a lookout on this thread, because I'm really curious about the extra rights.
  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    that sounds reasonable to me
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from bth44
    Expiration date can be considered a right. I learned it as P-DART-E.

    Patient
    Drug
    Amount of drug
    Route
    Time
    and
    Expiration.

    I don't know of a seventh one, but if I can take a wild guess, I'd say Patients' birthdate? It helps ensure that the patient is who they say they are.

    I'm going to keep a lookout on this thread, because I'm really curious about the extra rights.
    I didn't learn it w/ expiration date. I originally learned the first 5 but the school here are teaching 6 rights, the first five, and then the right documentation as the 6th.

    It wouldn't be birthdate - that is only 1 pt identifier that you can use.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  6. by   NurseLatteDNP
    Right Documentation was out 6th one also. We did not have expiration date.
  7. by   epiphany
    Right Reason

    That's what I was taught, and it has served me well.
  8. by   huganurse1203
    Right to refuse
  9. by   Joeknee
    Patient
    Drug
    Dose
    Route
    Time
    Rationale for medication
    Documentation
  10. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from epiphany
    Right Reason

    That's what I was taught, and it has served me well.
    That sounds good.

    I knew a nurse once that meant to give ativan to a young man for nausea (No, I wrote that right) but accidentally gave atropine instead.

    Now, how many med errors is that?

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  11. by   nialloh
    Quote from kiyatylese
    Right Documentation was out 6th one also. We did not have expiration date.
    Ditto for my hospital. Documentation is our 6th as well.
  12. by   GPatty
    I recall "right to refuse" being in there too.
  13. by   jl_nurse
    Just to refresh everyone's mind:

    Right patient
    Right medication
    Right dosage
    Right route
    Right time/date
    and Right to know
    and Right to refuse!
    There you go all seven. hope that helps!
  14. by   aussiemum
    hi everyone,
    here in australia we are now taught the
    8 r's of safe administration of medications
    they are
    right time
    right patient
    right medicine
    right dose
    right route
    right documentation
    right effect
    right education

    robyn

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