Medication Errors


It is impossible to stress the importance of going through all of the rights of drug administration. A nurse must be alert and ready at all times. A good example is epinephrine. Epinephrine is can be administered by several routes: IV, IM, subQ, intracardiac, intraspinal, inhalation, and topical (157). The strength of epinephrine depends on it route of administration. The same concentration would not be administered for IV and IM. IV administration would less concentrated than that of IM and most other routes. Always be careful in looking at the orders and when drawing up the medication make sure it is for the correct route. If one is not careful they could potentially cause a fatal reaction that should have been avoided if only they had used the drug rights of administration. Whether one has been a nurse for 6 months or 16 years, it does not allow leeway for one to skip a step.

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