The Six Rights and Medication Errors

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Six “Rights” and Medication Errors According to Kanneh, six “rights” of medication administration need to be implemented with every patient. Drugs are not always one hundred percent safe, but observing the six rights will make administration safer (Kanneh, 2011). These rights include the right person, drug, dosage, time, route, and documentation (Kanneh, 2011). It is more likely for an adverse reaction to occur if a drug is given to the wrong patient because of his or her own allergies and appropriate age of a child for a dose needs to be taken into consideration (Kanneh, 2011). A child’s age is important because metabolism of drugs is different for each year of childhood (Kanneh, 2011). The right drug is also very important to implement. Any mismatch of drugs can result in an increased risk of adverse drug reactions (Kanneh, 2011) . Nurses need to be very careful with drugs that have narrow therapeutic ranges or have a complex chemical structure (Kanneh, 2011). Checking the dosage is also crucial. Before giving a drug it is crucial to adjust the dose to the correct maintenance level of the order (Kanneh, 2011). If the dose is too high and has not been checked by the person administering it, an overdose can occur and can be life threatening (Kanneh, 2011). Checking the right time for a drug needs to be done before administering. Giving a drug at the wrong time can lead to toxicity (Kanneh, 2011). Drugs that have high potency or a narrow therapeutic index need to be
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