The 6 rights of medication administration, comment

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Medication administration is going to be a difficult task with all the new and different types of computer documentation systems available. Medication administration will always be the responsibility of many parties, not just nursing. One of the post mentions nurses as the last line of defense, and there are many steps where errors can occur. The physician writes the order, hopefully correctly and legibly. It is then the responsibility of the pharmacy to ensure the medication is available and that it has been profiled against all current medications and allergies. The nurse must need to teach the patient the effects of the meds, the reason for the med and side effects. Last line of defense in an era where too many people rely on computers for correct information, but we must remember that information within the computer is only as good as the people inputting that information. So every one should think of themselves as the last line of defense against med errors. That, and only that, will lead to a decrease in med errors. As long as excess meds are stocked on units and physicians are allowed to write illegibly, and pharmacists don’t verify everything that comes out of the pharmacy, errors will always be there.

Original Post
July 17, 2009
Title: The 6 rights of medication administration, comment
Coming across this post, l recognised the device (scanner) which the writer says her facility uses. On the face value, JAHCO will applaud this device because it acted as if the cases of med errors have been eliminated. Yet as the writer said, it still goes back to knowing your patients and knowing your medications. Nurses are the final check point in the health team providers list. We are in between the ordering physicians and the releasing pharmacists. Nurses have to see that the parameters for which the drug is being administered is not in violation. For instance, nurses know by common sense that once the med is due, the scanner will scan and does not tell if the parameter for using a betablocker is checked for not. It is up to the nurse to make sure that the blood pressure is stable and the heart rate is within normal range. Despite these technologies, we are still required to do our checks before trusting the device.

Original Post:
June 30, 2009
Title: The 6 rights of drug administration
The 6 rights of drug administration did not prevent the cause of death in one particular case. The problem lies with the incorrect labeling of medication. The key is to trace what happened, review for any outlying causes or "what happened" and correct that as soon as possible. While the nurse I am sure will have to live with that the rest of her life, and that’s not easy, I feel that she has comfort in knowing she did not cause this. Many hospitals are using the computerized medical dispenser where you scan the patients ID bracelets then you scan the drug that is being administered which is on a time schedule also. The thinking is this will correct and help make sure the 6 rights of drug administration are followed, while this looks good for JACHO, the bottom line is a human is still keying in the information and we all make mistakes. I am not so sure the technology we have today in practice is as good as the old fashion, "know your patient and the medications being administered".

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