The Five Rights of Medication Administration

There are many different aspects of institutional practice.  With so many policies and procedures being implemented, as well as new programs being established, it is easy to lose sight of the most basic and most important foundation of institutional practice.  That is, recognizing the five rights of medication administration and carrying it out efficiently and accurately.      The five rights of medication administration consist of getting the

Right drug to the

Right patient and administering the

Right dose with the

Right route at the

Right time.

According to the ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices), practicing healthcare in this fashion will reduce medication errors and harm. The five rights should be a goal that all healthcare professionals strive to fulfill from day to day.  At Coliseum Medical Center, this practice is used by many healthcare professionals.  This process focuses more on the individual performance rather than focusing on human factors and system defects. With the five “R’s” being carried out at this institution allows us to be able to form committees with a strong basis and foundation that will in return provide us with policies and procedures that will maximize patient care.


Clara Vinh, Pharm. D.

Coliseum Medical Centers