- Medications are administered by Registered Nurses, Onco Nurse (Chemo drugs) and doctors only.
- All prepared medications are labelled with details like date, time and dosage of preparation to ensure complete identification and traceability. This is done before the second drug is prepared. This is applicable especially while preparing the chemotherapy drugs and anaesthetic drugs prepared in OT.
- Identification of patient for the administration of medicines is carried out through the name of the patient and the corresponding Patient registration number.
- The patient is identified prior to administration. Identification is through the wrist band as well as calling the patient by name or confirming with the relative.
- Medication, route, dosage, timing is crosschecked with the Medication Administration Record and also cross-checked with the adjacent nurse.
- Once the medication is administered, it is documented in Medication Administration Record with sign, date and time.
- The nursing manual explains the method of administering medications. The staff concerned goes through the order before administration of the medicine and then administer the medicine. Before administering a visual check is made and in case any abnormalities noticed, brought to the notice of In Charges/ higher authorities. For high-risk medicines it is verified by staff administrating it and cross-verified by the adjacent nurse before dispensing. Records of dispensation are entered in the medicine card by the concerned staff.
- The staff administering medicine verifies the dosage as per the order before the medicine is administered. And the same is recorded in the case sheet.
- The staff also verifies the route for administering the medicine.
- The concerned staff also verifies the timing before administering the medicine. And the same is recorded in the case sheet.
General timing for medication administration
|1||OD||Once in a day||10.00 AM|
|2||BD||Twice in a day||10.00 AM/10.00 PM|
|3||QID||Four times a day||6.00AM/12.00PM/6.00PM/ 12.00 AM|
|4||TDS||Three times a day||6.00AM/2.00PM/10.00PM|
All medication administration is documented and the documentation follows a uniform pattern. This includes the name of the medication, dosage, route of administration, timing and the name and signature of the staff who has administered the medicine.