Archive July 2019 XX, No. 7

Safety: 5 Injectable Medication Tips

A review of safe practices to avoid drug-related mishaps.

Leslie Mattson

Leslie Mattson, RN, BSHM


Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
MED SAFETY Always maintain focus when drawing up meds and labeling syringes.

We're all probably a little numb to medication safety. We get it. It's super important. We live the life. It's easy to become complacent until we have a problem. Here are my top 5 injectable medication safety tips:

1 If it goes on the table, it needs a label. Not only do we want to ensure that any medications we place on the back table are labeled, it's best to have a verification process when the nurse hands off the meds to the tech in the OR. Make sure the tech visualizes and confirms all meds, and that the label is verified correct as well. AORN recommends labels include name, strength, concentration and expiration date.

2If you didn't draw it, don't give it. Unless you are a direct witness to another person drawing up a medication, think twice before administering. I've heard of stories of wrong meds being given and misunderstood dilutions resulting in medication errors due to well-intended handoffs gone wrong.

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