Master the rights of medication administration with two easy mnemonics. You’ll need this for medical school and to remember all the important steps of giving medications while on the job. What are the Rights of Medication Administration? Before we get into the two mnemonics, it’s important that you understand what they are. The rights of …
In my years of bedside care I often had to go outside of the 30 minute window for timed medications for the benefit of the patient. Most of the times these times are arbitrary anyhow. If a medication is ordered once per day it doesn’t really matter what time of day the patient gets it. It should fit within their normal routine not within what the pharmacy schedules it. I never once received any sort of reprimand for my medication timing. I often had to request the scheduled times for medications be changed by the pharmacy, but many times I had to give the medication at a different time and documented the reason why.
Do folks realize that I need to concentrate on important details when I am administering medications?
Do they understand that interruptions are a source of medical errors? Sometimes catastrophic ones?
Does anyone care that an environment of endless interruptions can cause horrible stress on caregivers?