The Six Rights of Medication Administration are a set of guidelines that medical professionals adhere to when administering medication, to ensure the highest level of safety for patients. They are:
1. Identify the right patient
Before a CHOP staff member gives your child medication, make sure the person checks your child's ID band, verifying his full name and medical record number.
2. Verify the right medication
Ask questions if the medication looks different than usual.
3. Verify the indication for use
When a CHOP staff member gives your child medication, don’t be afraid to ask what it is and why your child is receiving it.
4. Calculate the right dose
Learn about what medications your child will be taking during treatment, including what they do, what dose is needed, and any possible side effects.
5. Make sure it's the right time
Ask questions if the medication is being given at a different time than usual.
6. Check the right route
Learn about what medications your child will be taking during treatment, including when and how to take them.