AORN Urges Safety During Six Phases of Medication Administration Process

Medication reconciliation is an important part of maintaining medication safety, and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses calls on all perioperative RNs to focus on safety during the six phases of the medication use process, according to a recent issue of AORN Connections.

The six phases of the medication use process are procuring, prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administering and monitoring. A MEDMARX Data Report identified medication errors that took place in perioperative settings from 1998-2005, and the data showed many of the errors occurred during the administering phase and other earlier phases of the medication use process, according to the article.

To address the need for appropriate medication safety, RNs should adopt policies, procedures and best practices during each of the six phases of the medication use process.

Read the AORN Connections article about medication safety (pdf).

Read other coverage about medication safety:

- Shortage of 150 Drugs Forces Healthcare Facilities to Consider Older Alternatives

- Healthcare Providers Need More Than One Safety Net for Medication Safety

- Study Lists Main Causes of Analgesic Medication Errors

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