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Medication errors: Managing the risk

May 1, 2008
by Jan Bennet, RN, NHA, C-NE
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The “Six Rights” of Medication Administration

  • the right drug

  • to the right resident

  • at the right time

  • in the right dose

  • by the right route, and

  • with the right documentation