Risks of Not Looking beyond the “Five Rights” to Achieve Medication Safety

March 10, 2023 | Health System Risk Management



​​​​​The five "rights"—right patient, drug, dose, route, and time—have been held up as the standard for prevention of medication errors. They are emphasized in nursing education and in practice.

When a medication error occurs, the reason cited is often that the caregiver "didn't follow the five rights." The solution is often to reiterate the rights or add more...

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