Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds 6 Rs of Safe Medicine Administration 1. Right Resident Medicines should only be administered to the person to whom they have been prescribed.
Skip to 0 minutes and 20 seconds Confirm the identity of the resident to whom the medicine is being administered.
Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds The name on the label and the MAR should match that given to you by the patient.
Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds Right Medication Check the name of the medicine is the same on label and on the MAR.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds A description of the medicine should be included in the patient information leaflet.
Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds Right Dose The dose will be on the MAR and the medicines label.
Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds Ensure you measure the correct dose before administration to the resident.
Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds Right Route Some medicines can be administered via multiple routes, so ensure you are administering via the right route.
Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds Medicines can be administered systematically or topically.
Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Systematic administration: Medicine enters into the circulation and entire body is affected, e.g. oral administration of tablets or liquids.
Skip to 1 minute and 30 seconds Topical administration: Applied to body surfaces, e.g. skin, lungs, eye.
Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds Right Time Does the medicine have to be taken before or after food?
Skip to 1 minute and 52 seconds Is it a medicine that has to be given regularly, or just when it is needed by the resident?
Skip to 1 minute and 58 seconds Resident’s Right to Refuse Residents need to consent to take their medicines.
Skip to 2 minutes and 10 seconds Refer patients to GP who you feel the lack of capacity to consent.
Skip to 2 minutes and 20 seconds Other Rs to Consider Right Record Medicines administration records are the formal record of administration of medicine within the care setting.
Skip to 2 minutes and 25 seconds They should document:
Skip to 2 minutes and 35 seconds What is recieved. What is currently prescribed (including those self-administered medicines).
Skip to 2 minutes and 43 seconds What is given by care workers. What is disposed of.
Skip to 2 minutes and 57 seconds Right Result After administering the medicine, watch for any adverse reactions!
A quick summary of the 6 R's of safe medication administration
Well done on getting this far in the course!
Over the last three weeks we have discovered the different elements of safe medicine administration. This video will bring them all together in a summary.
The last step of the course is a final assessment. Click on the ‘Final Assessment’ link below for the rules and grading. Good luck!
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