Rules in Drug Administration

Golden rules to avoid medication administration errors.

The so called 5 right’s of medication administration has been changed to 10 Golden Rules for administering drug safely. Health care practitioner particularly nurses can avoid mistakes or medication errors through following these rules.

10 Golden Rules for Administering Drugs Safely

(from Nursing88 Volume 18, Aug. 1988)

1.    Administer the right drug.

2.    Administer the right drug to the right patient.

3.    Administer the right dose

4.    Administer the right drug by the right route.

5.    Administer the right drug at the right time.

6.    Document each drug you administer.

7.    Teach patient about the drugs he is receiving.

8.    Take a complete patient drug history. (There is a risk of adverse drug reactions when a number of drugs are taken or when patient is taking alcohol drinks)

9.    Find out if the patient has any drug allergies.

10.  Be aware of potential drug-drug or drug-food interactions. To protect your patient and your license, follow these guidelines for avoiding medication errors.

By: Cathleen Mcgovern, RN, BSN

         Quality Assurance Coordiantor

         Edge water Hospital

         Chicago, Illinois, USA


ANSAP (Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines, Inc.), Nursing Standards on Intravenous Practice 8th edition, 2006

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  1. A thoughtful share, a reminder for both doctors and nurses.

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