Considerations Before Device Assembly
There are several factors that must be considered before gathering needles, syringes, and preparing the medication for administration.
These factors include:
The Five Rights – To avoid medication errors, healthcare workers should always verify they are working with the:
- right medication
- right patient
- right route of administration
- right dose
- right time
In addition, a “Sixth” Right also helps to reduce medication errors: the right documentation.
Patient Assessment: Reassess patient for any changes in status.
It is strongly recommended that healthcare workers maintain and follow their facility’s guidelines for aseptic medication preparation and use safety-engineered devices to decrease the risk of a needlestick injury after use and minimize exposure to blood/body fluid.