2022-08-04

What are the 7R's of Medication Administration

What are the 7R's of Medication Administration

What are the 7 R's of Medication Administration?

The 7 Rs of medication administration are a set of guidelines that help to ensure the safe and effective administration of medications.

The 7 Rs are:

Right patient: The medication should be given to the correct patient, as identified by their name, date of birth, and other relevant information.

Right medication: The correct medication should be selected and checked against the patient's medication list or MAR chart.

Right dose: The correct dose of the medication should be given, taking into account factors such as the patient's age, weight, and other medications they are taking.

Right route: The medication should be given by the appropriate route, such as orally, intravenously, or topically.

Right time: The medication should be given at the correct time, taking into account the patient's specific needs and the time-sensitive nature of the medication.

Right reason: The medication should be given for the correct reason, as prescribed by the patient's healthcare provider.

Right documentation: The administration of the medication should be documented accurately and promptly, including any relevant information such as the time the medication was given, the dose, and any adverse reactions.

The 7 Rs of medication administration are an important tool for helping to ensure the safe and effective administration of medications.

Care staff should be familiar with the 7 Rs and should follow them consistently to help protect the health and well-being of patients.

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