A nurse is planning to give a patient a dose of insulin. Out of the five rights of medication administration, which of the following actions signifies that the nurse is properly practicing the right drug? Select all that apply.

 

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- The nurse checks for correct spelling of the medication

- The nurse notes the size, shape, and consistency of the medication

- The nurse notes the strength of the medication

- The nurse compares the prescription label with the medication log

- The nurse matches the name of the drug with that of the order

Rationale

"The nurse checks for correct spelling of the medication", "The nurse notes the size, shape, and consistency of the medication", "The nurse compares the prescription label with the medication log" and "The nurse matches the name of the drug with that of the order" are correct, because these answers are related to the nurse making sure she has the correct medication. When checking for the right drug, the nurse checks the drug label and compares it to the order; she also ensures that the drug formulation is correct and notes the size, shape, and consistency of the medication. The five rights of medication administration include: right patient, right dose, right drug, right time, and right route.
"The nurse notes the strength of the medication" is incorrect because, although it is a part of the five rights, this is checking the right dose, not the right drug.

References:
Grissinger, M. (2010, October). The Five Rights - A destination without a map. Retrieved April 09, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957754/

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