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.
Learn more about how an electronic medication management system e-MMS can help your care organization improve medication safety and patient outcomes.