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Nurse Administration Error

Drug administration errors are made by nursing personnel and occur when one or more of the “five rights” is wrong.

The “five rights” have long been the basis for nurse education concerning drug administration, i.e. giving the right dose of the right drug to the right patient at the right time by the right route.

These errors are made by nursing personnel in acute care hospitals, in long-term facilities, and during home care. In many of these settings, the environment for nurses is demanding, characterized by long hours, staffing shortages, high patient and staff turnover, and constant interruptions. These errors also are made by the patient or patient’s caregiver at home.

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